Preparing a Petition
A petition is a request that the Legislative Assembly of Ontario take some specific action (or refrain from taking some action) to redress a public grievance.
The action requested must be within the scope of jurisdiction of the Legislative Assembly, and the request must be clear, temperate, proper and respectful.
The request must appear at the top of every page of signatures submitted with the petition.
Petitioners must be residents of the Province of Ontario; it is acceptable for petitioners to be under the age of majority.
A petition must contain original signatures only, written directly on the face of the petition.
Each person petitioning the Legislative Assembly must print his or her name and address and sign his or her name under the text of the petition.
*Electronic petitions cannot be presented to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Form and Content
A petition must be addressed to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.
Petitions addressed to the Government of Ontario, or to a particular minister will not be accepted.
Petitions must be written, typewritten or printed. Email, faxed or photocopied petitions are not admissible and will not be presented.
Queen’s Park – Today, Niagara Falls MPP Wayne Gates and Ontario NDP Labour Critic and Welland riding MPP Cindy Forster called for Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Minister of Education to put an immediate end to the Niagara Catholic District School board lockout so that thousands of affected school children and their families can get back to the classroom.
“Coming from significant experience at the bargaining table, resorting to a lockout will only have damaging impacts on the students and families caught in the middle of this dispute. As adults and especially as elected representatives, we serve as role-models to the students. The Liberal Minister needs to put an immediate stop to the lockout so our students and teachers can get back to the classroom,” said Gates.
Thousands of students have been affected by the lockout. Over 460 other school boards in the province have reached agreements and NCDSB is one of three that has yet to settle.
“Let’s not forget that it’s the Liberal government and Premier Wynne’s short-changing education with a flawed funding formula that has been divisive and that has ultimately caused these disruptions. Teachers and students just want to go back to school,” said Forster.
Gates and Forster are calling on the Education Minister to put an immediate end to the lockout and call both parties back to the bargaining table.
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To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario:
WHEREAS we have a collective duty of care to all veterans for their service and sacrifice; and
WHEREAS The Long Term Care Homes Act, 2007 narrowly defines the term “veteran,” restricting priority access to long-term care beds to
veterans who served prior to 1953; and
WHEREAS The Long Term Care Homes Act, 2007 omits veterans who enlisted after 1953 (modern day veterans) from access to priority longterm care beds; and
WHEREAS the current population of modern day veterans in Ontario is four times that of traditional veterans; and
WHEREAS modern day veterans are not eligible to apply for the existing 1097 long-term care beds designated specifically for Ontario veterans ;
WHEREAS only one in seven (1 in 7) veterans is eligible for priority long-term care in Ontario, a problem that will only increase as modern day veterans age in keeping with national demographic trends;
WE, THE UNDERSIGNED, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario to pass the Long Term Care Homes Amendment Act (Preference for Veterans), 2015 which extends priority access to long-term care beds to modern day veterans, including former officers and former non-commissioned members of the Canadian Forces.">Email email@example.com
For a government that claims to be progressive, this recent change just shows that’s farthest from the case. When New Democrats have asked the Liberal government whether it will commit to progressive changes like a $15 minimum wage and making it easier to join and stay in a union, the government consistently answers that it can’t commit right now, because a larger labour review process is underway. The way this particular change was made is a clear indication that change is, in fact, possible – if there is a will.
Clawing back on my bereavement days and my personal emergency leave will have detrimental impacts on myself, my family, my work and sets a very dangerous precedent to labour standards across our province.
I'm writing today to urge you to repeal this harmful regulation immediately.
- Cindy Forster
TIME TO RAISE THE FLOOR FOR ALL WORKERS IN ONTARIO WITH A $15 MINIMUM WAGE: NDP
QUEEN’S PARK — Today in the legislature, Parkdale-High Park NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo called on the Premier to support Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath’s call to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for all Ontarians.
“In Ontario, over 750,000 workers are taking home a minimum wage that is simply too low to help anyone get ahead,” said DiNovo. “It is the responsibility of government to lift people up, to make life better and to make sure that people no longer have to work multiple jobs simply to make ends meet.”
The appeal follows Horwath’s announcement last week at the Broadbent Institute’s Progress Summit 2016 in Ottawa that the Ontario New Democrats support a $15 minimum wage in Ontario.
“Ontario’s New Democrats want to make it clear that if the Liberals won’t stand up for Ontarians, the people of Ontario will have a choice to make in two short years to elect one that will,” said DiNovo. “Fundamental change is needed to address a fundamentally changing workplace.”
Premier Wynne dodged the question over to her Minister of Labour, who incorrectly claimed Ontario has the highest minimum wage in North America.
DiNovo explained that, at the rate the Liberals are currently raising the minimum wage, it will not reach $15 in Ontario until 2037.