How a Bill Becomes Law

The legislative process – the making of new laws for the people of Ontario - is the most important work that takes place at the Legislative Assembly. Every new law starts out as an idea. That idea could be about making changes to things that our provincial government is responsible for in Ontario, such as schools, hospitals or the environment. Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) introduce their ideas for change in the form of a bill in the Legislative Chamber. Once introduced, bills proceed through stages that are called readings. If a bill reaches third reading and receives the support of the majority of MPPs, it is on its way to becoming a new law in the province! However, not every bill introduced makes it to becoming a law… Select from among the ideas below to find out how bills become new laws in Ontario. Something different happens for almost every idea listed below, so have fun seeing what happens to each of them as you discover what it takes to make a new provincial law!