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This Week @ Queen’s Park – September 6, 2019

  • The Government of Ontario is now allowing insurers in Ontario to issue an insurance card in electronic format to their policyholders, with the policyholder’s consent. The operator of a motor vehicle may now show Electronic Proof of Automobile Insurance (EPAI) using an electronic mobile device. During a one-year transition period, insurers must continue to issue the approved paper version of the insurance card to policyholders along with the electronic version if selected. The transition period will allow stakeholders, consumers, and regulators an opportunity to evaluate the implementation of this initiative and make changes if needed. We anticipate that once we have had a chance to review this new policy, the OACP will raise any concerns with the appropriate government entities.
  • The Government of Ontario is consulting with stakeholders on regulations to allow the expansion of red light cameras in the province.  The OACP Traffic Committee has carriage of this issue.  Please contact Director of Government Relations and Communications Joe Couto at jcouto@oacp.ca if your police service would like information or offer input on this issue.
  • The OACP has been working with the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) to monitor the legalization of cannabis edibles scheduled to come into force on October 17, 2019. We will be sharing information provided by the CACP with Ontario law enforcement organizations as it becomes available. Information from the Government of Canada is accessible here: Edibles Information 1, Edibles Information 2, and Edibles Information 3.
  • The Ontario Court of Appeal has used a ruling case that will change the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s definition of Racial Profiling.  The ruling can be accessed here.
  • The Government of Canada announced on September 4, 2019 a strategy to combat human trafficking. The Budget 2018 provided $14.51 million over five years and $2.89 million per year ongoing for a Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline for victims and survivors in need of services and support. Building on that announcement, the  Government’s new National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking is supported by a further financial commitment of $57.22 million over five years and then $10.28 million a year on-going. Access more information here.
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