Government Affairs

Proposed Accessible Canada Act

News release: Most significant progress for people with disabilities in over 30 years. Today, following the most inclusive and accessible consultation with Canadians with disabilities and with the disability community, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, introduced the proposed Accessible Canada Act to Parliament. This historic legislation would enable the Government of Canada to take a proactive approach to end systemic discrimination of people with disabilities.

June 2018

City of Toronto - Information Session on Inspections & Enforcement - June 22, 2018

Date:June 22, 2018 Venue: York Civic Centre Location: 2770 Eglinton Avenue West Time: 9am to 12pm This discussion will focus on different legislative requirements and tools used as part of sign inspections and investigations. The goal will be to review the requirements of both the City and the applicants throughout the sign inspection and investigation process. After the variances have been granted, the applications reviewed and the permits issued, the sign approval process is far from complete. As with most buildings and structures in Ontario, signs are required to be inspected by the City in order to ensure that they are built in accordance with their approved permits and comply with all of the applicable regulations. With signs often being complex and highly variable in their construction, how does a City of Toronto inspector review and measure each sign against all of the specifications in a building permit or sign permit? In addition, what happens when the inspector discovers a sign that does not comply with the issued permit or an applicable regulation? Please contact our office if you have any questions contact:

June 2018

City of Vaughan - Phase II Update

The City of Vaughan Sign By-law Review Phase II report, was held by the Committee of the Whole on June 5, 2018 at 1 pm, at Vaughan City Hall in Council Chambers. These recommendations was to address longer-term opportunities and emerging issues. The Committee of the Whole, Council will provide direction and decisions on June 19, 2018.

June 2018

Canada retaliates against U.S. steel, aluminum tariffs, dollar-for-dollar "countermeasures"

Background: On May 31, 2018, the United States (U.S.) announced the imposition of tariffs on imports of certain steel and aluminum products from Canada (at the rates of 25% and 10%, respectively). In response to these measures, Canada intends to impose surtaxes or similar trade-restrictive countermeasures against up to C$16.6 billion in imports of steel, aluminum, and other products from the U.S., representing the value of 2017 Canadian exports affected by the U.S. measures. The Government is also considering whether additional measures may be required.

May 2018