Government of Ontario


Ontario Premier Doug Ford today announced members of his new Cabinet. The new Executive Council has increased by three to 30 members and includes seven women, down from nine, and seven people of colour. The new Executive Council largely resembles Premier Ford’s Cabinet prior to the recent election on June 2, with a few notable exceptions, including the now former Minister of Health, Christine Elliot, who did not seek re-election, and Lisa MacLeod, the now former Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism. The ministers responsible for environment and energy portfolios remain the same. The new Executive Council is as follows: Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Sylvia Jones, Deputy Premier and new Minister of Health Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance Paul Calandra, Minister of Long-Term Care, Minister of Legislative Affairs and Government House Leader Raymond Cho, Minister for Seniors and Accessibility Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing Doug Downey, Attorney General Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, with an additional mandate for small business Michael Ford, Minister of Citizenship and Multiculturalism Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Children, Community and Social Services Parm Gill, the new Minister of Red Tape Reduction Michael Kerzner, the new Solicitor General Stephen Lecce, Minister of Education Neil Lumsden, the new Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development Caroline Mulroney, Minister of Transportation and Minister of Francophone Affairs David Piccini, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks Graydon Smith, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry George Pirie, Minister of Mines, with a mandate to develop the Ring of Fire Kaleed Rasheed, the new Minister of Public and Business Service Delivery Greg Rickford, Minister of Northern Development and Minister of Indigenous Affairs Prabmeet…

The provincial government last week introduced Bill 13, Supporting People and Businesses Act, 2021, which includes legislative amendments to the Ontario Energy Board Act (OEB Act) and the Electricity Act.    Changes to the OEB Act include: removing the upper limit on the number of commissioners and providing that the Labour Relations Act does not apply to commissioners; and providing for a single process for ministerial review of certain by-laws made by the board of directors of the OEB. Changes to the Electricity Act include: creating a two-year limitation period that applies to certain payments, adjustments, and amounts settled by the IESO; and replacing current administrative penalties in Part VIII of the Act (which provides for the Electrical Safety Authority (ESA)) and empowering the ESA to order a person to pay an administrative penalty if the person has contravened a prescribed provision of Part VIII or the regulations made under it; certain restrictions, limitations or conditions of a prescribed authorization; or a prescribed order of the ESA. For further information or to discuss the contents of this bulletin, please contact Lisa DeMarco at lisa@resilientllp.com.