Written questions list

The 42nd Parliament was dissolved on May 3, 2022. New business will be added after the 43rd Parliament begins.

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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Question 45: Mr. Mantha (Algoma—Manitoulin) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation explain why the MTO does not have a LED Street Light Upgrade initiative for the highways across Ontario.

Notes: Legislature dissolved.

Question 44: Mr. Harden (Ottawa Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Solicitor General indicate how many counts of medical isolation and medical quarantine of inmates have occurred in Ontario’s correctional facilities and outline any inspections or other protective efforts undertaken following said quarantines.

Notes: Legislature dissolved.

Question 43: Mr. Harden (Ottawa Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing please indicate how many COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred in Ministry-funded “Housing with Supports”, including the number of staff and residents who have contracted or died from COVID-19, and outline any inspections or other protective efforts undertaken following said outbreaks.

Notes: Legislature dissolved.

Question 42: Mr. Harden (Ottawa Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health please indicate how many Ministry-funded Forensic Psychiatric units have had COVID-19 outbreaks, including the number of staff and residents who have contracted or died from COVID-19, and outline any inspections or other protective efforts undertaken following said outbreaks.

Notes: Legislature dissolved.

Question 41: Mr. Harden (Ottawa Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health please indicate how many Ministry-funded Homes for Special Care have had COVID-19 outbreaks, including the number of staff and residents who have contracted or died from COVID-19, and outline any inspections or other protective efforts undertaken following said outbreaks.

Notes: Legislature dissolved.

Question 40: Mr. Harden (Ottawa Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health please indicate how many domiciliary hostel/residential service home/supported housing facilities have received COVID-19 vaccination.

Notes: Legislature dissolved.

Question 39: Mr. Harden (Ottawa Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health please indicate how rapid testing among congregate settings are being prioritized, and how many rapid tests have been distributed for group homes for adults with developmental disabilities and Homes for Social Care.

Notes: Legislature dissolved.

Question 38: Mr. Harden (Ottawa Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please indicate how COVID-19 has impacted the rate of serious incidence in Ministry-funded group homes, including the use of physical restraint, serious injury, complaints about service standards, alleged abuse, death, missing client and disaster on premises.

Notes: Legislature dissolved.

Question 37: Mr. Harden (Ottawa Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please indicate how many Ministry-funded group homes for children with special needs, medical complexities, mental health needs and developmental disabilities have had COVID-19 outbreaks, including the number of staff and residents who have contracted or died from COVID-19, and outline any inspections or other protective efforts undertaken following said outbreaks.

Notes: Legislature dissolved.

Question 36: Mr. Harden (Ottawa Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please indicate how many Ministry-funded group homes for adults with developmental disabilities have had COVID-19 outbreaks, including the number of staff and residents who have contracted or died from COVID-19, and outline any inspections or other protective efforts undertaken following said outbreaks.

Notes: Legislature dissolved.

Question 35: Ms. French (Oshawa) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Solicitor General please provide, for the period from November 2014 to the present, the following data relating to simultaneous dispatch for each of Barrie, Guelph, Kitchener/Cambridge, Mississauga, and Brampton: the number of calls in which fire and EMS were dispatched together; the percentage of calls in which fire was the first on scene; the percentage that EMS was the first on scene; the percentage for which fire and EMS arrived together; and the average response time (from 9-1-1 call receipt to arrival “on scene”).

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Question 34: Mr. Schreiner (Guelph) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health please advise when Medicago vaccine trial participants will be eligible to download a QR code as part of the province’s vaccine certification system.

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Question 33: Mr. Rakocevic (Humber River—Black Creek) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation please confirm whether the Ministry has considered or is considering cuts to the gas tax allocation that funds municipal transit, following the Premier’s recent remarks about cutting the gasoline tax.

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Question 32: Mme Gélinas (Nickel Belt) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health please advise what they can do to improve access to LifeLabs services to the people of Sudbury and Nickel Belt.

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Question 31: Mme Gélinas (Nickel Belt) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health please specify the cost to Ontario to fund Take Home Cancer Drugs (TCHDs), for all formulary-listed cancer drugs, for all Ontarians during 2020-2021 including how it is broken down into different reimbursement models based on patient age, socio-economic status, and type of cancer.

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Question 30: Mr. Blais (Orléans) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of the Environment, Conservation, and Parks provide a detailed breakdown of what and how much has been spent to date from the $85 million Grassy Narrows Trust, including the cost breakdown, to support the clean-up of the mercury-contaminated Wabigoon River that has poisoned the people of Grassy Narrows First Nation and nearby Whitedog First Nation.

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Question 29: Mr. Blais (Orléans) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the President of the Treasury Board disclose the total cost of renovating, redesigning and refurbishing government members’ and ministers’ offices since the beginning of their mandate.

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Question 28: Ms. Hunter (Scarborough—Guildwood) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Colleges and Universities provide the number of students enrolled in public colleges and universities for the following school years: 2019-2020, 2020-2021, and 2021-2022.

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Question 27: Mme Collard (Ottawa—Vanier) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing explain how the government plans to support municipalities, like Ottawa, which are facing increasing affordable housing waitlists, as well as the impact on housing prices as a result of the government's investment.

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Question 26: Mme Collard (Ottawa—Vanier) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade outline the criteria and measures taken to ensure that Ontario Small Business Grant applications were evaluated fairly and how the government communicated verdicts, approvals, and denials with applicants.

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Question 25: Mme Collard (Ottawa—Vanier) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks provide the names of the companies responsible for the 40,349 reported spills since 2016 and the date these spills were reported, as outlined in the Auditor General report.

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Question 24: Mme Collard (Ottawa—Vanier) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Education provide an estimate of the average cost of childcare per month by municipality since April 2021.

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Question 23: Mme Collard (Ottawa—Vanier) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services outline all consultations that have taken place in the last three years regarding the need to raise OW and ODSP payments, and provide a list of who was consulted and the outcome of these consultations.

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Question 22: Mr. Mamakwa (Kiiwetinoong) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Indigenous Affairs list the members of the independent Indigenous-led committee that is advising Ontario on the funding allocations for the ground surveys of the 18 Indian Residential Schools that were active in Ontario.

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Question 21: Mme Collard (Ottawa—Vanier) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the President of the Treasury Board please provide provincial spending by every department on each riding since June 2018.

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Question 20: Mme Collard (Ottawa—Vanier) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks confirm how many MPPs, staff and Ministry officials attended the COP 2021 conferences in Glasgow on behalf of the Ontario government and the total cost incurred by the province for sending this delegation.

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Question 19: Mme Collard (Ottawa—Vanier) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health please advise how many dollars of the COVID-19 response program went unspent in the first quarter of 2021.

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Question 18: Mme Collard (Ottawa—Vanier) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Education specify how many hours were spent consulting with representatives of teachers’ unions on the topic of the Fall Economic Statement 2021.

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Question 17: Mme Collard (Ottawa—Vanier) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services indicate how many complaints the Minister and/or Ministry have received regarding cuts to autism funding.

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Question 16: Ms. French (Oshawa) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Long-Term Care confirm whether the “proactive inspections” proposed in the Fixing Long-Term Care Homes Act, 2021 will at least meet the criteria of the cancelled Resident Quality Inspections (RQI) and provide the criteria that will trigger a “proactive inspection”, and the criteria that will be used to measure how operators are assessed during these proposed inspections.

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Question 15: Mr. Harden (Ottawa Centre) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Premier identify which Members of the Government Caucus have filed complaints about third party advertisers in keeping with the recent changes implemented by Bill 307, Protecting Elections and Defending Democracy Act, 2021, and disclose the details of each complaint.

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Question 14: Mr. Schreiner (Guelph) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health please confirm that they received consent from all optometrists, including those currently practicing, retired and those deceased before they distributed the $39 million in retroactive payments.

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Question 13: Mr. Schreiner (Guelph) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health please confirm the dates and times that the Minister personally or had Ministry staff reach out to the Ontario Association of Optometrists to invite them to return to the bargaining table since September 1, 2021.

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Question 12: Ms. French (Oshawa) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Infrastructure confirm whether or not Infrastructure Ontario’s “Ontario Connects” broadband procurement process will specify the use of fibre optic cable instead of less reliable technologies, with a target internet speed of one gigabit per second symmetrical instead of the slower and outdated 50/10 standard, and will be structured so small- and medium-sized Internet Service Providers have the capacity to bid on contracts, instead of offering contracts so big that only large telecommunications monopolies have the capacity to bid on them.

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Question 11: Ms. Bell (University—Rosedale) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Attorney General inform the House on the average wait time landlords are waiting for a hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board, and the average wait time tenants are waiting for a hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

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Question 10: Ms. Bell (University—Rosedale) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Attorney General inform the House on the total number of current applications from landlords and the number of current applications from tenants waiting for a hearing at the Landlord and Tenant Board.

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Question 9: Mr. West (Sudbury) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation please advise, in regards to the 4-laning project on Highway 69 between Toronto and Sudbury, how many incomplete kilometres between Sudbury and Toronto have not been tendered.

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Question 8: Mr. West (Sudbury) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation please advise, in regards to the 4-laning project on Highway 69 between Toronto and Sudbury, how many kilometres remain to be completed.

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Question 7: Mr. West (Sudbury) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation please advise, in regards to the 4-laning project on Highway 69 between Toronto and Sudbury, when all 400 kilometres of Highway 69 will be completely 4-laned.

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Question 6: Ms. French (Oshawa) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Transportation confirm whether or not tolls are being considered for the proposed Highway 413 and/or for the Bradford Bypass.

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Question 5: Mme Gélinas (Nickel Belt) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health please specify when she expects her government will negotiate a positive outcome with Ontario Optometrists in order to resume offering OHIP-funded eye care services for Ontarians under the age of 18 and over the age of 65.

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Question 4: Mr. Mamakwa (Kiiwetinoong) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks please advise of the actions taken by the Ministry to ensure the abandoned creosote waste products found in the railway ties and bridge timbers of the abandoned Graham Subdivision railway line (that ran between Thunder Bay and Sioux Lookout) have been removed.

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Question 3: Mr. Fraser (Ottawa South) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Minister of Health provide a breakdown of how many of the 100,000 elastomeric respirators with P100 filters purchased by the government have been distributed and where they were allocated as well as explain why not all of these masks were deployed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Question 2: Ms. Sattler (London West) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Solicitor General please provide information on the consultations that took place related to the development of Bill 251, Combatting Human Trafficking Act, 2021, including the names of the organizations/individuals consulted, the date of the consultation, the type of consultation, any written materials provided, and the meeting notes from the consultation.

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Question 1: Ms. Sattler (London West) on

Enquiry of the Ministry — Would the Solicitor General please provide a detailed breakdown by Ministry and by program/organization of the activities and initiatives included under the $307 million Anti-Human Trafficking Strategy announced on March 6, 2020, specifying for each Ministry the name of the program/organization that is receiving funding, the total amount allocated, the time period for the allocation, and the purpose of the allocation.

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