Since 2020 has officially begun, a number of new laws and rules are now in effect.
They include: changes to federal taxes, divorce laws, and out-of-country health insurance coverage, which has now been scrapped.
That means that Ontarians who fall ill while travelling can no longer claim the $400-a-day maximum coverage for inpatient emergency care and the $50-a-day maximum allowed for emergency outpatient services (such as an MRI or a CAT scan) that, until now, were provided by OHIP.
As part of a five-year pilot project, the Ontario government will let municipalities decide whether to allow e-scooters on their roads.
Ontario will also give restaurants and bars the option to allow dogs on their patios, in areas where low-risk foods (such as pre-packaged snacks and beer) are served.
The basic amount most Canadians can earn tax-free is going up to $13,229, until it reaches $15,000 in 2023.
Amendments to federal laws related to divorce proceedings and family orders come into effect on July 1, which include updated criteria to determine a child’s best interests in custody cases, as well as measures to address family violence when making parenting arrangements.
Canada’s Indigenous child welfare system, which critics have described as inadequate and discriminatory, is going to be completely overhauled.
And Ontario is banning the promotion of vaping products in convenience stores and gas stations, in response to growing concerns about the health effects of vaping on young people.