Archive for May, 2011

Important legislative change will have significance for grandparent led
families. See press release attached. It can also be accessed below from
May 19.

Government News Item: VICTORIA – Vulnerable children and youth will find
stability in a permanent home as a result of legislative changes aimed at
keeping families together.


Bill 22 update

Thanks for the update on Bill # 22 . Sadly this is exactly what has
happened to the other grandparent bills. In 1997 I heloped get Bill 27
going and now all these years later we still do not have a grandparents
rights bill. This is very dishearting to those of us who have been
battling hard and long.

Thanks for the reply.

Ms Cornelius
At this stage the Committee is considering a Government
Bill, Bill 179. All Government Bills take precedence over Private Members
Bills. Until the Committee has concluded its consideration of Bill 179,
it is unlikely that consideration of Bill 22 will occur.
However, in addition, the House is expected to recess on June 3rd for the
summer. It is then unlikely that the Bill will be considered before the
summer recess.

If you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact me.

Jonathan Brickwood
Assistant to Trevor Day, Clerk of the Standing Committee on Social Policy
Legislative Assembly of Ontario | Committees Branch
Room 1405 Whitney Block | 99 Wellesley Street West | M7A 1A2
P) 416-325-3509 | F) 416-325-3505 | I/C 038 |


wrote the Ministry of the Attorney General and this was the reply that I received
for information purposes:

Subject: MAG Social Justice Programs and Policy Division response to your
correspondence – Our Reference #: M11-02695
Dear Madam:
Thank you for your e-mail of April 13, 2011, regarding grandparents’ rights. We are
responding on behalf of the Ministry of the Attorney General.
Private Member’s Bill 22 received Second Reading on September 23, 2010. It has now
been referred to the Standing Committee on Social Policy. The bill will proceed
through the normal course, with opportunity for debate and a vote by members of the
House. The status of Bill 22 can be checked on the Legislative website for any
updates at:

While the Ministry of the Attorney General does not provide legal advice or opinions
to members of the public, we can provide you with the following general legal

N.B. *You may be interested to know that Ontario’s Children’s Law Reform Act
(CLRA) already permits any person, including grandparents, to apply for access to a
child. A judge will make such an order for access if it is found to be in the best
interests of the particular child, in accordance with section 24 of the CLRA.
Ontario legislation can be viewed online at:

The Ministry of the Attorney General operates Justice Ontario, which provides
information on a number of legal topics, including how to find a lawyer and family
law issues. Justice Ontario may be accessed through the Ministry website at:
If you would like to speak with a family lawyer, the Law Society of Upper Canada
(LSUC) operates a Lawyer Referral Service through which you may obtain a half-hour
of free legal consultation from an Ontario lawyer. The LSUC will provide the service
at no charge through a toll-free number at 1-800-268-8326.
Thank you again for writing.
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