Statutes, Bills, Regulations
The Adoption Amendment Act, 2016, SS 2016, c 9, is proclaimed into force December 1, 2017.
This Act amends The Adoption Act, 1998 to:
- increase the adoption revocation period for independent adoptions and voluntary committals from 14 days to 21 days;
- modify provisions respecting the hearing of children in court, including removing the ability of the court to interview or order a report for a child under age seven;
- require prospective adoptive parents of a child from a country that is not a signatory to the Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption to provide evidence that the child was adopted in accordance with the laws of the child’s country of origin;
- authorize the Minister to apply for an order against any person not complying with the Act or the regulations; and
- make other administrative amendments, including changes to requirements respecting payment agreements and the repeal of simple adoption orders and Family Service Boards.
The Provincial Health Authority Act, SS 2017, c P-30.3, except s 4-1(3), 4-1(4), 4-1(5), 6-4-(3), 6-4(4), 8-1(2), 8-1(3), 8-1(4) and that portion of s 11-15(4) that add s 7.1(2) of the Mental Health Services Act, is proclaimed into force December 4, 2017.
According to a government news release, The Provincial Health Authority Act will enable the transition of the existing 12 Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) to a single Provincial Health Authority, and will:
- remove arbitrary geographical areas of responsibility (RHA boundaries);
- provide oversight of compensation levels to the contracts of the CEO and those that report to the CEO;
- allow for the creation and continuation of Community Advisory Networks to ensure community needs and interests are identified and advanced;
- ensure donations raised by local foundations continue to be used for the local health services or facilities they were raised for;
- establish the specific roles and responsibilities of the Minister and Provincial Health Authority; and
- repeal The Regional Health Services Act.
Along with the act, the Provincial Health Authority Administration Regulations RRS c P-30.3 Reg 1, are coming into force.
19(1) Subject to subsection (2), these regulations come into force on the day on which section 9-5 of The Provincial Health Authority Act comes into force.
(2) If section 9-5 of The Provincial Health Authority Act comes into force before these regulations are filed with the Registrar of Regulations, these regulations come into force on the day on which they are filed with the Registrar of Regulations
The old Regional Health Services Administration Regulations, RRS c R-8.2 Reg 1, are repealed.
The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 113 No. 47, November 24, 2017:
- P-30.3 Reg 1 The Provincial Health Authority Administration Regulations
- SR 115/2017 The Health Information Protection Amendment Regulations, 2017
- SR 116/2017 The Mental Health Services (Provincial Health Authority) Amendment Regulations, 2017
- SR 117/2017 The Youth Drug Detoxification and Stabilization Amendment Regulations, 2017
- SR 118/2017 The Securities Commission (Adoption of National Instruments) (NI 81-102 and NI 81-104) Amendment Regulations, 2017
Melanie Hodges Neufeld
As noted on the government’s website, new small claims legislation will come into force on January 1, 2018. The government news release states:
The legislation is the result of recommendations that came out of the small claims review that took place in 2015.
“This new legislation fulfills our commitment to review and improve the small claims process as part of our ongoing efforts to improve access to justice in this province,” Justice Minister and Attorney General Don Morgan said. “With this legislation, we’re hoping to make the small claims process easier to navigate and less costly for the people of Saskatchewan.”
The Small Claims Act, 2016 will replace the current Small Claims Act, 1997. Changes to the legislation will modernize and prevent abuse of the small claims process, and encourage parties to resolve disputes in a timely, more cost-effective manner. Measures will continue to be put in place to assist self-represented litigants, including the ability to submit documentation by email or regular mail in appropriate circumstances.
Other notable updates include expanded authority for the Small Claims Court to order costs against parties and make findings of contempt in appropriate circumstances, and a new requirement for defendants to file a reply to a claim.
The first changes to the small claims process resulting from the review were made in February 2016, when government increased the maximum limit for small claims judgments from $20,000 to $30,000.
Small claims actions in Saskatchewan fall under the jurisdiction of the Provincial Court.
The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 113 No. 46, November 17, 2017:
- SR 111/2017 The Ministry of Social Services Amendment Regulations, 2017
- SR 112/2017 The Ministry of Education Amendment Regulations, 2017
- SR 113/2017 The Public Health Appeals Amendment Regulations, 2017
- SR 114/2017 The Adoption Amendment Regulations, 2017
- RS 114/2017 Règlement modificatif de 2017 sur l’adoption
The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 113 No. 45, November 10, 2017:
- SR 110/2017 The Short Line Railway Financial Assistance Repeal Regulations
The following regulations were published in The Saskatchewan Gazette, Part II, Vol. 113 No. 44, November 3, 2017:
- SR 109/2017 The Queen’s Bench (Small Claims) Amendment Regulations, 2017
- RS 109/2017 Règlement modificatif de 2017 sur la Cour du Banc de la Reine (petites créances)
Fighting Foreign Corruption Act
Section 3(2) of the Fighting Foreign Corruption Act, SC 2013, c 26, is proclaimed into force October 31, 2017 (PC 2017-1294). According to iPolitics, the amendment improves Canada’s overseas anti-bribery laws, removing an exception for small bribes to government officials.
Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1
Division 11 of Part 4, other than Sections 257, 258 and 268 of the Budget Implementation Act, 2017, No. 1, SC 2017, c 20, is proclaimed into force December 3, 2017 (PC 2017-1293). The amendment affects the Support for Families: Benefits and Leaves provisions of the act.
Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act
Sections 454 to 458 of the Jobs, Growth and Long-term Prosperity Act, SC 2012, c 19, are proclaimed into force November 27, 2017 (PC 2017-1292).The Amendments affect the Old Age Security Act, RSC 1985, c. O-9.