Written questions list

This page lists questions published in the Orders and Notices paper. It also lists the dates responses were provided. The government must file a response within 24 sessional days of the tabling of the question. The response is delivered to the Clerk of the House and to the MPP who tabled the question.

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42nd Parliament, 1st Session

Question 71: Ms. Shaw (Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the President of the Treasury Board please provide a copy of all Treasury Board orders since June 29, 2018, including orders to adjust the authorized spending for any ministry program or sub-program.

Question 70: Ms. Shaw (Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the President of the Treasury Board please provide details of planned spending changes to approximately 40 ministry programs referred to in the Financial Accountability Officer's report, "Expenditure Estimates: A Review of Ontario's Proposed Spending Requirements for the 2018-19 Supply Bill," reflecting the differences in planned spending between the Expenditure Estimates published by the previous government and subsequently tabled by the current government, and the spending program outlined in the 2018 Fall Economic Statement.

Question 69: Miss Taylor (Hamilton Mountain) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the President of the Treasury Board please provide a copy of the request from the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services to the Treasury Board "for an emergency $102 million" for the Ontario Autism Program, as mentioned by the Minister during Question Period on February 21, 2019, as well as the Treasury Board's response, including any Treasury Board orders.

Question 68: Miss Taylor (Hamilton Mountain) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please provide details of the constraints on spending on the Ontario Autism Program that explain her statement during Question Period on February 21, 2019 that she was obliged to ask the Treasury Board "for an emergency $102 million" to maintain funding for a program whose budget was $321 million, according to the Expenditure Estimates published by the previous government and subsequently tabled by the current government.

Question 67: Miss Taylor (Hamilton Mountain) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please reconcile her statement during Question Period on February 21, 2019 that she had increased the 2018-19 budget for the Ontario Autism Program from $256 million to $321 million, with the fact that the Expenditure Estimates published by the previous government and subsequently tabled by the current government showed planned spending for the OAP at $321 million in 2018-19, and that actual spending for the OAP in 2017-18 was $318 million, according to the Public Accounts.

Question 66: Miss Taylor (Hamilton Mountain) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please provide details of all changes to authorized spending for the 2018-19 fiscal year since April 1, 2018 for the Ontario Autism Program, budgeted at $321 million in the Expenditure Estimates published by the previous government and subsequently tabled by the current government.

Question 65: Ms. Hunter (Scarborough—Guildwood) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Chair of Cabinet inform the House as to, with regards to polls administrated by the government since June 29, 2018, broken down by department or agency: (a) how many public opinion polls have been administered; (b) what amount has been spent on polls; and (c) what are the details of each poll administered, including (i) start and end date, (ii) pollster or vendor, (iii) list of all poll questions and subjects, (iv) results of each poll.

Question 64: Ms. Hunter (Scarborough—Guildwood) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Premier inform the House as to, with regards to polls administrated by the government since June 29, 2018, broken down by department or agency: (a) how many public opinion polls have been administered; (b) what amount has been spent on polls; and (c) what are the details of each poll administered, including (i) start and end date, (ii) pollster or vendor, (iii) list of all poll questions and subjects, (iv) results of each poll.

Question 63: Ms. Hunter (Scarborough—Guildwood) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community, and Social Services inform the House as to, with regards to polls administrated by the government since June 29, 2018, broken down by department or agency: (a) how many public opinion polls have been administered; (b) what amount has been spent on polls; and (c) what are the details of each poll administered, including (i) start and end date, (ii) pollster or vendor, (iii) list of all poll questions and subjects, (iv) results of each poll.

Question 62: Ms. Stiles (Davenport) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Education please advise what the total cost of the 2018 education reform consultation was to the provincial government.

Question 61: Mr. Harden (Ottawa Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please provide the new definition of disability for ODSP eligibility.

Question 60: Mr. Harden (Ottawa Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please confirm when a new definition of disability for ODSP recipients is coming in to effect.

Question 59: Mr. Harden (Ottawa Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please provide all definitions of disability under consideration to determine ODSP eligibility.

Question 58: Ms. Fife (Waterloo) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care please advise what the total cost of the December 2018 closure and relocation of the Cambridge Central Ambulance Communications Centre was for the provincial government.

Question 57: Ms. Fife (Waterloo) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation please advise if the review of the Highway 7 project as detailed in the southern highways program 2018¬2022 (various twinning projects) is complete.

Question 56: Ms. Fife (Waterloo) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Education please provide the Ministry's transition plans to help high-needs children with autism in schools under the new Ontario Autism Program.

Question 55: Ms. Fife (Waterloo) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please explain what costing the government has done to determine the long-term cost-saving of the government's new Ontario Autism Program.

Question 54: Ms. Fife (Waterloo) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please confirm how the government's Ontario Autism Program is supported by evidence-based medicine and clinicians.

Question 53: Ms. Fife (Waterloo) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please provide the quantitative data used to determine the government's funding model for the Ontario Autism Program.

Question 52: Ms. Fife (Waterloo) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please provide details on the funding model, including all carve-outs and funding geared to income, for the Ontario Autism Program.

Question 51: Ms. Fife (Waterloo) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please advise what the expected cost is for the Ontario Autism Program for fiscal years 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22.

Question 50: Ms. Bell (University—Rosedale) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation inform of when it last provided gas tax money to local municipalities, and when it is scheduled to issue its next payment.

Question 49: Ms. Bell (University—Rosedale) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation inform of its plan to provide gas tax money to local municipalities to use for transit, specifically if the government plans to keep the two cents a litre contribution or increase it to four cents a litre.

Question 48: Ms. Bell (University—Rosedale) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation inform when Michael Lindsay submitted his report(s) on the subway upload to the Minister of Transportation, or the expected date of the report(s) if they have not yet been received.

Question 47: Ms. Fife (Waterloo) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation please advise why Metrolinx's November 2018 business case creates a parallel program for two-way, all-day GO along the full length of the Kitchener line instead of including it in the main GO Expansion plan.

Question 46: Mr. Hassan (York South—Weston) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please outline the timeline and process for transitioning the caseload from the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth to the Ombudsman's Office.

Question 45: Mr. Hassan (York South—Weston) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please advise which staff positions within the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth will not be replicated within the Ombudsman's Office.

Question 44: Mr. Hassan (York South—Weston) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please advise how much of the staff in the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth will be transferred to work in the Ombudsman's Office.

Question 43: Ms. Lindo (Kitchener Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Education please provide a list of all of the Kitchener Centre schools that submitted contracts that were not considered “eligible” and/or “approved to proceed” under the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.

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Question 42: Ms. Lindo (Kitchener Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Education please provide a list of all of the Kitchener Centre schools that submitted contracts for projects related to the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) prior to its cancellation.

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Question 41: Ms. Lindo (Kitchener Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care please advise how many of the proposed 6,000 long term care beds will be assigned to the City of Kitchener and, specifically, to Kitchener Centre.

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Question 40: Ms. Lindo (Kitchener Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care please advise how many people are on the long-term care waitlist in the City of Kitchener and, specifically, in Kitchener Centre.

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Question 39: Ms. Lindo (Kitchener Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services please provide details on the budget for the Anti-Racism Directorate as a whole and the specific funding allocations for the Black Youth Action Plan.

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Question 38: Ms. Lindo (Kitchener Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities please provide details on the expected disciplinary measures to be exercised against students on university and college campuses should they contravene free speech policies and provide examples of approved disciplinary measures that would be enacted in response to a contravention of these policies.

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Question 37: Ms. Lindo (Kitchener Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities please provide a copy of documents, list of experts, and list of the best practices that have been used to set the minimum standards for the Free Speech Policies that Ontario colleges and universities are now required to implement.

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Question 36: Ms. Lindo (Kitchener Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities please provide a copy of the memo issued to colleges and universities that sets out the minimum standard for the Free Speech Policies.

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Question 35: Ms. Lindo (Kitchener Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities provide details on the minimum standards for the Free Speech Policies that the government will be setting for colleges and universities.

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Question 34: Ms. Lindo (Kitchener Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation inform the House of the status of negotiations for all-day, two-way GO Train service between Kitchener-Waterloo and Toronto, the funding commitment to this project, and the timeline for completing the project.

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Question 33: Mr. Tabuns (Toronto—Danforth) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines provide the Final Cost Estimate submitted by Monday, October 1, 2018 by Bruce Power to the IESO for its first reactor re-build and detail whether it exceeds the Cost Threshold.

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Question 32: Ms. Armstrong (London—Fanshawe) on

Enquiry for the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care please advise what process the ministry used to come to the conclusion that 6,000 beds is the appropriate number of beds for alleviating waitlists in the province.

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Question 31: Ms. Armstrong (London—Fanshawe) on

Enquiry for the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care please advise how many people are on the Long-Term Care waitlist in the City of London.

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Question 30: Ms. Armstrong (London—Fanshawe) on

Enquiry for the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care please advise how many of the announced 6,000 beds will be allocated to South West LHIN and what is the breakdown by city, and specifically the City of London.

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Question 29: Ms. French (Oshawa) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services inform the House of the current number of federal immigration detainees currently held in provincial correctional facilities.

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Question 28: Mme Des Rosiers (Ottawa—Vanier) on

Question au Ministère — Est-ce que la Procureure Générale pourrait informer la Chambre des subventions reçues par des organismes de défense des droits des femmes depuis le 1er juillet 2018 (montants et récipiendaires).

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Question 27: Mme Des Rosiers (Ottawa—Vanier) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues provide details as to the grants provided to women’s groups since July 1, 2018 (amounts and recipients).

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Question 26: Mr. Harden (Ottawa Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care please provide details regarding what steps have been taken to implement a comprehensive dental care program for low income seniors.

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Question 25: Ms. Hunter (Scarborough—Guildwood) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services please advise the number of outlets (both physical and online) licenced to sell ammunition in Ontario, by municipality, how much ammunition is sold, in Ontario, by municipality, each year, for the last ten (10) years.

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Question 24: Ms. Bell (University—Rosedale) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation inform the House what is the timeline for the completion of the Finch West LRT.

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Question 23: Ms. Bell (University—Rosedale) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation inform the House if they will introduce $3 fares for GO travel in Toronto and on trips 10 kms or less starting in January 2019.

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Question 22: Ms. Bell (University—Rosedale) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation inform the House of the Provincial Government's funding commitment to the Hurontario LRT.

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Question 21: Ms. Bell (University—Rosedale) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation inform the House of the operating costs of Presto, as well as the yearly state of good repair costs for Presto, for the most recent fiscal year.

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Question 20: Ms. Bell (University—Rosedale) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation inform the House of the operating costs of the Union Pearson Express for the 2017-2018 year.

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Question 19: Mme Des Rosiers (Ottawa—Vanier) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services inform the House of developments to their plan to address the settlement of asylum seekers and refugee claimants in Ontario.

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Question 18: Mme Des Rosiers (Ottawa—Vanier) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks inform the House of the details of how the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Account funds have been spent to date.

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Question 17: Ms. French (Oshawa) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services inform the House of the current number of Federal immigration detainees currently held in provincial correctional facilities.

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Question 16: Ms. French (Oshawa) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation inform the House as to the status of the planned GO expansion to Bowmanville including the expected completion date of the project.

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Question 15: Ms. French (Oshawa) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation inform the House as to the status of the government's plan for the future rehabilitation and/or expansion of Highway 401, including the reconstruction of the Highway 401 Harmony Road interchange.

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Question 14: Ms. French (Oshawa) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation inform the House as to the status of the government's plan to implement GO Regional Express Rail (RER) service along the GO Lakeshore East rail corridor in Durham Region with electrified service between Union Station and Oshawa.

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Question 13: Ms. French (Oshawa) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation inform the House as to the status of the Durham-Scarborough bus rapid transit (BRT) route along Highway 2, including the expected completion date of the project.

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Question 12: Mr. Gates (Niagara Falls) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Finance please inform the House as to when we can expect the 2017-2018 annual report to be tabled by the OLG, given that the 2016-2017 OLG annual report was tabled nearly a year late and the 2017-2018 report was to be tabled at the end of July 2018.

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Question 11: Mr. Gates (Niagara Falls) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Finance please confirm that the Government will allow and support the continued operation of Ajax Downs regardless of any additional gaming services or sites, such as the proposed Durham Live, coming into operation within the GTA gaming bundle.

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Question 10: Mr. Gates (Niagara Falls) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Finance please inform the House as to how much was paid by Gateway for each of the Southwest and North Gaming Bundles, respectively, that were both purchased for a total of $174,069,000, as stated on page 74 of the OLG 2016-2017 Annual Report.

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Question 9: Mr. Gates (Niagara Falls) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Finance please confirm that the Government will be returning the slots to the Fort Erie Race Track as promised by Premier Doug Ford on May 29, 2018 at a campaign stop in Niagara and if so, when can the residents expect this promise to be fulfilled and the slots to be returned to the Racetrack.

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Question 8: Mr. Schreiner (Guelph) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please provide a breakdown detailing the $17 billion cost of the Basic Income program cited by the Minister and data showing the workplace participation rates of participants in the Basic Income Pilot project at the start of the program in April 2017 and on the day the Minister announced the cancellation of the program on July 31, 2018.

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Question 7: Mme Gélinas (Nickel Belt) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health and Long Term Care acknowledge that the IgA human tissue transglutaminase (IgA TTG) blood test which assists in the diagnosis of celiac disease and is recommended by experts from the Canadian Celiac Association and internationally should be included in the OHIP schedule of laboratory testing.

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Question 6: Mme Gélinas (Nickel Belt) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care please explain how the Ministry is planning to address each of the recommendations in the Interim Report of the Minister’s Task Force on Environmental Health, titled “Time for Leadership: Recognizing and Improving Care” released publicly on September 29, 2017.

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Question 5: Mme Gélinas (Nickel Belt) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Labour please provide statistics indicating how many worker’s appeals to the Ontario Labour Relations Board ended with a decision in the worker's favour for the years 2017, 2016 and 2015.

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Question 4: Mme Gélinas (Nickel Belt) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Labour please provide statistics indicating how many times workers or unions approached the Ontario Labour Relations Board with regard to employer reprisals for the years 2017, 2016 and 2015.

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Question 3: Mme Gélinas (Nickel Belt) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Labour please provide statistics indicating how many Ontario Labour Relations Board hearings were held in relation to employer reprisals toward workers refusing unsafe work for the years 2017, 2016 and 2015.

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Question 2: Mr. Tabuns (Toronto—Danforth) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services advise whether Ontario uses information collected by gun sellers about customers to track potential resellers of legal guns onto the illegal market. If yes, what are the results.

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Question 1: Mr. Tabuns (Toronto—Danforth) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services advise whether Ontario uses the information collected by sellers of ammunition to identify potential illegal resales of the ammunition that is legally bought. If yes, what are the results.

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