Laws Changed and Unchanged by Bill 5

Laws Changed And Unchanged By Bill 5

Listed below are the laws that were amended and not amended by Bill 5. The changes to the Family Law Act take effect on November 20, 1999. The changes to the other laws take effect on March 1, 2000.

Laws Amended by Bill 5

All Acts in which a common-law heterosexual spouse is currently recognized were amended to add recognition of a “same sex partner”.

  • Absentees Act
  • Assessment Act
  • Business Corporations Act
  • Change of Name Act
  • Charitable Institutions Act
  • Child and Family Services Act (adoption)
  • Children’s Law Reform Act
  • City of Toronto Act
  • Commercial Tenancies Act
  • Community Economic Development Act, 1993
  • Compensation for Victims of Crime Act
  • Consumer Reporting Act
  • Conveyancing and Law of Property Act
  • Co-operative Corporations Act
  • Coroners Act
  • Corporations Act
  • County of Simcoe Act, 1993
  • Courts of Justice Act
  • Credit Unions and Caisse Populaire Act, 1994
  • Education Act
  • Election Act
  • Employment Standards Act
  • Estates Act
  • Execution Act
  • Family Law Act
  • Family Responsibility and Support Arrears Enforcement Act, 1996
  • Homes for the Aged and Rest Homes Act
  • Human Rights Code
  • Human Tissue Gift Act
  • Independent Health Facilities Act
  • Insurance Act
  • Land Transfer Tax Act
  • Legislative Assembly Act
  • Loan and Trust Corporations Act
  • Local Government Disclosure of Interest Act, 1994
  • Members’ Integrity Act
  • Mental Hospitals Act
  • Mortgages Act
  • MPPs Pension Act, 1996
  • Municipal Act
  • Municipal Conflict of Interest Act
  • Municipal Elderly Residents’ Assistance Act
  • Municipal Elections Act, 1996
  • Municipal Health Services Act
  • Northern Services Boards Act
  • Nursing Home Act
  • Ontario Disability Support Program Act, 1997
  • Ontario Energy Board Act, 1998
  • Ontario Municipal Employee’s Retirement System Act
  • Ontario Works Act, 1997
  • Ontario Youth Employment Act
  • Partnerships Act
  • Pension Benefits Act
  • Perpetuities Act
  • Police Services Act
  • Public Libraries Act
  • Public Service Pensions Act
  • Regional Municipality of Ottawa-Carleton Act
  • Retail Sales Tax Act
  • Securities Act
  • Succession Law Reform Act
  • Tenant Protection Act, 1997
  • Toronto Hospital Act, 1997
  • Toronto Island Residential Community Stewardship Act, 1993
  • Victims’ Bill of Rights, 1995
  • Victims’ Right to Proceeds of Crime, 1994
  • Workplace Safety and Insurance Act and the repealed Workers’ Compensation Act

Laws Unchanged by Bill 5

Laws which do not recognize common-law heterosexual spouses (recognize only married couples) were not changed.

  • Evidence Act
  • Health Disciplines Act
  • Land Titles Act
  • Land Registration Reform Act
  • Ontario Home Ownership Savings Plan Act
  • Ontario Guaranteed Annual Income Act

Note: The Income Tax Act (Ontario) was not amended as it depends on the definition of “spouse” contained in the Income Tax Act (Canada), which currently applies only to opposite-sex couples.

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