Joel Harden MPP / Député, Ottawa Centre

Government of Ontario

In the Legislature

Our office is always working hard to bring the issues Ottawa Centre residents care about to the Ontario Legislature. Here is a list of what Joel has proposed in the legislature: 

Bill 98, Fairness for Ontario's Internationally Trained Workers Act, 2022

About: The Bill enacts the Fairness for Ontario’s Internationally Trained Workers Act, 2022. The Act provides that the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development shall establish a Foreign Credential Recognition Advisory Committee that shall make recommendations to the Minister regarding the employment of internationally trained workers. This Bill will address barriers faced by internationally trained workers — especially nurses, doctors and other health care workers needed and wanted in Ontario.
This Bill was tabled by MPP Doly Begum (Scarborough Southwest, and co-sponsored by MPP Joel Harden (Ottawa Centre), MPP Terence Kernaghan (London North Centre), and MPP Tom Rakocevic (Humber River-Black Creek). 
Status: Carried in Second Reading, referred to Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly

Bill 23: Rent Stabilization Act

About: This Bill amends the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006 to do the following:

  • Repeal and replace the rules relating to the landlord’s responsibility to maintain a residential complex under section 20 of the Act.
  • Create a mechanism by which tenants may apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board in circumstances in which a landlord has failed to comply with certain orders or a previously mediated settlement.
  • Set out new rules for rent that can be charged by a landlord to a new tenant.
  • Expand the circumstances in which a tenant may apply to the Landlord and Tenant Board for an order determining the maximum amount of rent that the tenant may lawfully be charged.
  • Establish a rent registry to be maintained by the Landlord and Tenant Board and set out rules requiring that landlords file statements with the Board for inclusion in the registry, providing for consequences for failing to file the statement and governing the disclosure of information in the registry.

In addition, statutes governing the provision of legal aid services are amended to require the mandatory provision of legal representation before the Landlord Tenant Board to individuals who are directly affected by an application for a rent increase that is more than the guideline determined under the Residential Tenancies Act, 2006.

Read the full text of the bill here

Status: First Reading Carried

Motion 129: Voula's Law

Text: That, in the opinion of this House, the Ford government should provide clear direction to operators that the Trespass to Property Act does not permit them to issue trespass notices to exclude substitute decision makers and guests of the occupants of retirement homes, long-term care homes, and other congregate care accommodations when they raise concerns about their loved ones’ living conditions.

Status: Passed

Motion 126: Municipal Misconduct 

Text: That, in the opinion of this House, the Ford government should, after consulting with the public and municipalities, table legislation that gives municipal councils the ability to institute measures to remove members of council who have been found guilty of serious acts of misconduct, including sexual misconduct.

Status: Tabled 

Motion 111: Paid Sick Days

Text: That, in the opinion of this House, as part of its COVID-19 response strategy, the Ford Government should implement a provincial paid sick days program accessible to everyone not covered by the Federal Government’s paid sick leave program.

Status: Tabled

Motion 86: Reforming ADP

Text: That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should reform the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) to better meet the needs of people with disabilities, including by mandating, funding and enforcing timely access to assistive devices, and repairs to assistive devices.

Status: Tabled 

Motion 60: Taking Action on Accessibility (Onley Report Recommendations)

Text: That, in the opinion of this House, the Government of Ontario should release a plan of action on accessibility in response to David Onley’s review of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act that includes, but is not limited to, a commitment to implement new standards for the built environment, stronger enforcement of the Act, accessibility training for design professionals, and an assurance that public money is never again used to create new accessibility barriers.

Status: Debated and defeated

Bill 149: An Act to Proclaim Dyslexia Awareness Month

About: The Bill proclaims the month of October in each year as Dyslexia Awareness Month. Read the full text of the bill here

Status: Tabled