Petitioning the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
Residents of the Province of Ontario have the right to petition their legislators at Queen's Park.
A petition is a request that the Parliament of Ontario take some specific action (or refrain from taking some action) to redress a public grievance. The action requested must be within the scope of jurisdiction of the Ontario Legislative Assembly, and the request must be clear, temperate, proper and respectful.
Form and Content
A petition must be addressed to either the Parliament, Legislature or Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Petitions addressed to the Government of Ontario or to a particular minister cannot be accepted.
Petitions must be written, typewritten or printed, and it is recommended that the paper be standard letter or legal size.
If a petition consists of more than one sheet of signatures, the text of the petition must appear at the top of every sheet. Each person petitioning the Parliament of Ontario must print his or her name and address and sign his or her name under the text of the petition.
A petition must contain original signatures only, written directly on the face of the petition and not pasted or transferred to it. Petitions must be free of erasures or insertions. Petitioners must be residents of the Province of Ontario; it is acceptable for petitioners to be under the age of majority.
A petition may only be presented by a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and it must comply with the requirements above before the member may present it.
It is not the practice in the Ontario Legislature for the Speaker or a minister of the Crown to present a petition. Petitions received by a minister of the Crown are usually presented by the Chief Government Whip.
A petition may be presented in 2 ways:
The petition will be numbered and recorded as a sessional paper and the subject-matter of the petition, and the name of the M.P.P. who presented it, will be printed in the Votes and Proceedings. If the House is not meeting on the day on which the petition is presented the petition will be recorded in the Votes and Proceedings of the next day on which the House meets.
Within 24 sitting days of the day on which the presentation of the petition is recorded in the Votes and Proceedings, the government is required to file a response to the petition with the Clerk of the House and to provide a copy of the response to the M.P.P. who presented the petition. The response of the government is also noted in the Votes and Proceedings.
The signature of an M.P.P. who presents a petition must be on the front sheet of the petition. It is recommended that the M.P.P.'s signature appear in the top left corner of the front sheet of the petition.
It is the responsibility of the petitioner(s) to arrange for a Member of the Legislative Assembly to present a petition; an M.P.P. cannot be compelled to present a petition, and presentation of a petition by an M.P.P. does not imply that he or she endorses the contents of the petition.
For further information, contact:
Room 1521, Whitney Block
Telephone: 416 - 325-7350
(Collect calls will be accepted)
FAX: 416 - 325-3534
Standing Order 38 of the
TO The Parliament / Legislature / Legislative Assembly (CHOOSE ONE) of Ontario:-
WHEREAS [here briefly summarize the problem or grievance and outline the request for the intervention or action that the Legisative Assembly is being asked to make, or to refrain from making.]
I / WE (CHOOSE ONE) the undersigned petition the Parliament / Legislature / Legislative Assembly (CHOOSE ONE TO CORRESPOND WITH THE FORM OF ADDRESS CHOSEN ABOVE) of Ontario as follows:-
[insert text of petition here]
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