The Ontario government passed Bill 87 on May 30, 2017. The information below is a history of the Bill and citizen’s efforts to stop it.
Ontario “Education Sessions” Bill 87
Update May 30, 2017
Reports by Committees – Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly – May 18, 2017
2017-May-17 – Bill 87, Protecting Patients Act, 2017
2017-May-10 – Bill 87, Protecting Patients Act, 2017
2017-May-03 – Bill 87, Protecting Patients Act, 2017
2017-Apr-26 – Bill 87, Protecting Patients Act, 2017
2017-Apr-12 – Bill 87, Protecting Patients Act, 2017
Ontario government shuts down debate on short-sighted changes proposed in Bill 87 – Ontario Medical Association Press Release
Update April 5, 2017
Bill 87 “An Act to implement health measures and measures relating to seniors by enacting, amending or repealing various statutes” includes the education sessions amendment to the Immunization of School Pupils Act. This bill reached 1st reading on December 8, 2016. 2nd reading debate was on March 27, 2017. 2nd reading debate continued on April 3, 2017. The bill passed 2nd reading on April 4, 2017, and has been sent to Committee. Bill 87 passed 3rd reading and received Royal Assent on May 30, 2017.
Vaccine Choice Canada encourages Ontario residents to contact and/or meet with their MPPs. Links to an information package and vaccine overview are below:
Information Package for Ontario Members of Provincial Parliament (PDF with hyperlinked references)
Ontario residents can order a free print copy of the Information Package to give their MPP to educate them on this issue by sending us an email with your name & mailing address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summary of Concerns – Bill 87 – Vaccine Choice Canada – submitted to the Committee May 3, 2017 (PDF)
Vaccine Overview: Civil Rights and Suppressed Science (PDF with hyperlinked references)
Ontario resident writes MPP Hoskins and Colle about proposed vaccine education sessions – sample protest letter
Locate your Ontario Member of Provincial Parliament here.
See Petition page for further details here.
From Session 2, Parliament 41:
December 6, 2016 – petitions read into the Ontario Legislature – link to the Hansard here.
Response from the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care Dr. Eric Hoskins April 4, 2017 (PDF)
From Session 1, Parliament 41: July 2, 2014 – September 8, 2016
May 31, 2016 – petitions read into the Ontario Legislature – link to the Hansard here.
June 1, 2016 – petitions read into the Ontario Legislature – link to the Hansard here.
There was no response from the government to the Session 1 petitions.
History of Bill 198 and Now Bill 87 ISPA amendment (Education Sessions)
*Ontario Alert* – Update May 2016
The government of Ontario has tabled legislation (Bill 198) promised in their announced plan to amend the ISPA (Immunization of School Pupils Act) with a measure restricting students’ access to vaccine exemptions. The amendment would force parents seeking a personal belief or religious exemption to undergo a vaccine “education session” before being allowed to file a vaccine exemption for non-medical reasons. If passed, the amendment will be a green light for other provinces to impose similar restrictive measures.
Ontario Update June 2016
Some good news from the National Post!
Ontario bill to force parents to take course before exempting children from vaccines won’t pass this spring
While the National Post article states that Bill 198 will not be in place for the next school year (September 2016), the bill can be advanced in the Fall of 2016, or Spring of 2017. Please continue to sign petitions and meet with your MPPs (details below).
Update October 13, 2016*
The Ontario Legislature was Prorogued when they returned from their summer break on September 12. If the government had been able to get all parties to agree to bring Bill 198 forward, the Immunization of School Pupils Amendment Act (ISPA), 2016, would have stayed as is – Bill 198. This has not happened. The only bill brought forward from the previous session is Bill 64. This means that Bill 198 is currently “dead”. However the Ontario Liberal government has announced (December 8, 2016) they plan to re-introduce the ISPA Educations Sessions Act as a new bill, which would mean it will get a new Bill number for which we remain alert. **Note, update Dec. 19, Bill 87 “An Act to implement health measures and measures relating to seniors by enacting, amending or repealing various statutes” includes the amendment to the ISPA.**
Update December 19, 2016
Bill 87 “An Act to implement health measures and measures relating to seniors by enacting, amending or repealing various statutes” includes the education sessions amendment to the ISPA.