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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Question 55: Ms. Fife (Waterloo) on

Would the Minister of Long-Term Care please indicate how many couples are currently separated in different long-term care homes.

Question 54: Ms. Fife (Waterloo) on

Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Service please indicate how many ODSP applications have been rejected from 2020-2022, as well as the percentage of these applications that were accepted after an internal review or an appeal with the Ontario Social Benefits Tribunal.

Question 53: Ms. Fife (Waterloo) on

Would the Minister of Health please indicate the number of sexual assault centers in the province that are staffed 24/7, as well as the total number of sexual assault centers.

Question 52: Ms. Fife (Waterloo) on

Would the Minister of Health please indicate how many code blacks there have been in the province since June 2022.

Question 51: Ms. Fife (Waterloo) on

Would the Minister of Health please indicate how much funding has been provided to sexual assault centers from 2021 to 2022, as well as how much funding has been provided for Sexual Assault Evidence Kits.

Question 50: Ms. Fife (Waterloo) on

Would the Minister of Long-Term Care explain what evidence was used to inform decision to remove requirements for infection prevention protocols in long-term care homes.

Question 49: Ms. Fife (Waterloo) on

Would the Minister of Long-Term Care please indicate how many people have been transferred to long­-term care homes since Bill 7 came into effect, broken down by: whether they were transferred to a home of their choosing; and how many kilometers from their acute level care (ALC) bed they were transferred.

Question 48: Ms. Fife (Waterloo) on

Would the Minister of Health please indicate how many new acute level care beds have been created from January 2022 to August 2022.

Question 47: Ms. Fife (Waterloo) on

Would the Minister of Health please indicate how many emergency department closures there have been in Ontario hospitals since January 2022.

Question 46: Ms. Fife (Waterloo) on

Would the Minister of Health please indicate how the OHIP funding for Independent Health Facilities has changed from 2020 to 2022.

Question 45: MPP. Vaugeois (Thunder Bay—Superior North) on

Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please provide details on Ontario's Autism Program including: how many children are currently enrolled; and how many children are on the waitlist.

Question 44: MPP. Vaugeois (Thunder Bay—Superior North) on

Would the Minister of Transportation please indicate how many autonomous vehicles are currently on the road due to the Autonomous Car Pilot Project, as well as how many safety incidents related to the Project have occurred since 2016.

Question 43: MPP. Vaugeois (Thunder Bay—Superior North) on

Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please indicate the average wait time for a family on the Ontario Autism Program's waitlist.

Question 42: MPP. Vaugeois (Thunder Bay—Superior North) on

Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services guarantee that ODSP recipients will not be subject to clawbacks for the Federal disability benefit.

Question 41: MPP. Vaugeois (Thunder Bay—Superior North) on

Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please indicate the average wait time for ODSP applications, including the average wait time for internal reviews and appeals to the Ontario Social Benefit Tribunal.

Question 40: MPP. Vaugeois (Thunder Bay—Superior North) on

Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please indicate how much the government has received in remittances from ODSP recipients from 2020 to 2022.

Question 39: Ms. Armstrong (London—Fanshawe) on

Would the Minister of Health please report when all qualifying nurses in Ontario will receive the Temporary Retention Incentive for Nurses Program Payment, and can they please provide the average wait time to complete payment once an application has been submitted by community nurses employed by Family Health Team Clinics.

Question 38: Ms. Armstrong (London—Fanshawe) on

Would the Minister of Infrastructure please provide an explanation of how they defined "underserved homes and businesses" for the purposes of the Supporting Broadband and Infrastructure Expansion Act, 2021 and the Getting Ontario Connected Act, 2022.

Question 37: Ms. Armstrong (London—Fanshawe) on

Would the Minister of Education please provide any correspondence provided to Ontario school boards in the 2022-2023 school year related to mask guidelines or mandates for staff and students.

Question 36: Ms. Armstrong (London—Fanshawe) on

Would the Attorney General please indicate: how many hearings were scheduled in 2021 compared to 2022; how many applications have been submitted to the Landlord and Tenant Board in 2022 so far; and when the Landlord and Tenant Board plans to incorporate in-person hearings again.

Question 35: Ms. Armstrong (London—Fanshawe) on

Would the Attorney General please indicate how many adjudicators were employed at the Landlord and Tenant Board as of December 31, 2021 and as of November 16, 2022.

Question 34: Mr. Burch (Niagara Centre) on

Would the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing explain why he has not yet followed through on his commitment to revoke zoning order O. Reg. 609/20 in Oro-Medonte following the cancellation of the project that the zoning order was intended to facilitate, and whether he still agrees that a Minister's Zoning Order is "not a tool to be leveraged for real-estate speculation."

Question 33: Mr. Mantha (Algoma—Manitoulin) on

Would the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry indicate if they plan to resume sending Ontario representatives of the Great Lake Fisheries Commission in-person to meetings of the commission.

Question 32: Mr. Mantha (Algoma—Manitoulin) on

Would the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry confirm if Ontario plans to fill its vacant commissioner seats on the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission.

Question 31: Mr. Mantha (Algoma—Manitoulin) on

Would the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry provide criteria for when quotas for lake whitefish will increase for commercial fisheries in Lake Huron.

Question 30: Mr. Mantha (Algoma—Manitoulin) on

Would the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry indicate if they studied the economic ramifications of reducing quotas for lake whitefish on commercial fisheries in Lake Huron.

Question 29: Mr. Mantha (Algoma—Manitoulin) on

Would the Minister of Mines provide an update on the number of permits issued by the Director of Mine Rehabilitation for the recovery of minerals through the reprocessing of minerals at current operating, closed or abandoned mine sites.

Question 28: Mr. Mantha (Algoma—Manitoulin) on

Would the Minister of Mines explain if the funds allocated for 'Environmental Remediation of Mines' in the 2022-2023 Fall Economic Statement are sufficient to achieve the government's objectives.

Question 27: Mr. Hsu (Kingston and the Islands) on

Would the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks please indicate if the government plans to change the enforcement powers of the Resource Productivity Recovery Authority, and, if so, would the Minister please summarize the plan.

Question 26: Ms. Karpoche (Parkdale—High Park) on

Would the Minister of Education please indicate when the Ministry will release their "comprehensive recruitment and retention plan" for the child care workforce, as referenced in Section 4.2 of the Canada-Ontario Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement.

Question 25: Ms. Karpoche (Parkdale—High Park) on

Would the Minister of Education please share when the Early Years and Child Care Annual Reports for 2021 and 2022 will be made public.

Question 24: Ms. Karpoche (Parkdale—High Park) on

Would the Minister of Education please advise when the Implementation Committee, referenced in section 6.1 and 6.2 of the Canada-Ontario Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care Agreement, will be established.

Question 23: MPP. Wong-Tam (Toronto Centre) on

Would the Minister of Transportation please provide an update regarding the projected timeline and budget for the completion of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT project, including an update on the amount of money already spent on the project.

Question 22: Ms. Karpoche (Parkdale—High Park) on

Would the Minister of Transportation share how much of the $9 billion cost of the Ontario Line Rolling Stock, Systems, Operations and Maintenance P3 contract the Ministry or Metrolinx plan to allocate to the City of Toronto or the Toronto Transit Commission.

Question 21: Mr. Rakocevic (Humber River—Black Creek) on

Would the Minister of Health advise whether there are any plans to limit OHIP funding for nerve block injections per year/per patient.

Question 20: Mr. Mantha (Algoma—Manitoulin) on

Would the Minister of Health provide an update on what steps have been taken to implement the ten recommendations made in the Report of the Lyme Disease and Tick-Borne Illnesses Task Force from April 2018, published on the Ministry of Health website.

Question 19: Mme Gélinas (Nickel Belt) on

Would the Minister of Health please indicate when Personal Support Workers (PSWs) working in hospital see their legislated $2 wage enhancement on their paychecks.

Question 18: Mme Gélinas (Nickel Belt) on

Would the Minister of Health please share how much money has been billed by physicians working in for-profit independent health facilities year-over-year from 2017 to 2021.

Question 17: Mme Gélinas (Nickel Belt) on

Would the Minister of Health please share how much money the Government has paid private for-profit home care providers for the delivery of home care year-over-year from 2017 to 2021.

Question 16: Mme Gélinas (Nickel Belt) on

Would the Minister of Health please indicate when Nurses working in Nurse Practitioner-led clinics will receive their $5000 as per the Temporary Retention Incentive for Nurses Program.

Question 15: Mr. Hsu (Kingston and the Islands) on

Would the Minister of Transportation please indicate the amount of money spent with respect to temporary workers operating the Wolfe Island Ferry during the period from January 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022, inclusive, broken down by salaries, accommodation, transportation (including but not limited to taxi fares and mileage), meals, and any employment agency fees.

Question 14: Mr. Hsu (Kingston and the Islands) on

Would the Minister of Transportation please indicate the total number of hours and the first and last date that temporary workers worked on the operations of the Wolfe Island Ferry during the period from January 1, 2022 to September 30, 2022, inclusive.

Question 13: Ms. Pasma (Ottawa West—Nepean) on

Would the Minister of Education please indicate how many capital projects are awaiting approval, broken down by new school projects and expansions, with details indicating what date each project was submitted and whether or not each project was included on the board's list of priority projects.

Question 12: Ms. Pasma (Ottawa West—Nepean) on

Would the Minister of Education please indicate how many capital projects are currently awaiting approval from the Minister, broken down by new school projects and expansions, with details regarding how many projects have been awaiting approval for periods of i) 3 months; ii) 6 months; iii) 12 months; iv) 18 months; and v) 24 months.

Question 11: Ms. Pasma (Ottawa West—Nepean) on

Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please indicate how many individuals are enrolled in the Ontario Disability Support Program for the most recent month for which data is available, broken down by i) gender; ii) age decile; iii) whether or not the recipient is Indigenous; and iv) whether or not the recipient is racialized.

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Question 10: Ms. Pasma (Ottawa West—Nepean) on

Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please indicate how many individuals are enrolled in Ontario Works for the most recent month for which data is available, broken down by i) gender; ii) age decile; iii) whether or not the recipient is Indigenous; and iv) whether or not the recipient is racialized.

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Question 9: Ms. Pasma (Ottawa West—Nepean) on

Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please indicate how many Ontario Works recipients are currently receiving benefits and have been receiving benefits for a) six months or less; b) six months to one year; c) 13 months to 24 months; d) 25 months to 60 months; e) 61 months to 120 months; f) 121 months to 180 months; g) 181 months to 240 months; and h) 241 months or more.

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Question 8: Ms. Stiles (Davenport) on

Would the Minister of Education provide the total cost of advertising for the "Plan to Catch Up," broken down by type of advertising: a) television b) radio c) digital d) print, between June 1, 2022 and September 1, 2022.

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Question 7: Ms. Pasma (Ottawa West—Nepean) on

Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please indicate how many individuals enrolled in the Ontario Disability Support Program died between March 2020 and the present.

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Question 6: Ms. Pasma (Ottawa West—Nepean) on

Would the Minister of Children, Community and Social Services please indicate how many Canadian Forces veterans are receiving Ontario Works.

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Question 5: Mr. Mantha (Algoma—Manitoulin) on

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

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Question 4: Mme Gélinas (Nickel Belt) on

Would the Minister of Health please indicate when Ontario will have a working and accessible registry of Automatic External Defibrillators as per the Defibrillator Registration and Public Access Act, 2019.

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Question 3: Mme Gélinas (Nickel Belt) on

Would the Minister of Health please advise what they can do to improve access to Life Labs services to the people of Sudbury and Nickel Belt. 

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Question 2: Mme Gélinas (Nickel Belt) on

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 1: Ms. French (Oshawa) on

Would the Minister of Health 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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