A private member’s bill aiming to eliminate fees for low-income or precariously housed people who need government identification passed second reading in the Ontario Legislature March 29, thanks to some help from Queen's University law students and Pro Bono Students Canada.
The bill was presented by Kingston/the Islands MPP Sophie Kiwala. PBSC’s chapter of the ID Clinic Project reached out to Kiwala, who introduced Bill 26: The Fee Waivers Act. It has now been passed to the Standing Committee on Regulations and Private Bills.
PBSC has been working on the fee waiver initiative and the bill, aimed to amend the Photo Card Act, 2008 and the Vital Statistics Act so people who cannot afford to pay the associated fees for government photo cards or for birth certificates no longer have to.