The Legislative Assembly of Ontario (French: Assemblée législative de l'Ontario) is the deliberative assembly of the Legislature of Ontario (also known as the Parliament of Ontario).
The Assembly meets at the Ontario Legislative Building at Queen's Park in the provincial capital of Toronto. Bills passed by the assembly are given royal assent by the Queen, represented by the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.
As at the federal level in Canada, Ontario uses a Westminster-style parliamentary government, in which members are elected to the Legislative Assembly through general elections, from which the Premier of Ontario and Executive Council of Ontario are appointed based on majority support. The premier is Ontario's head of government, while the Lieutenant Governor, as representative of the Queen, acts as head of state.
The largest party not forming the government is known as the Official Opposition, its leader being recognized as Leader of the Opposition by the Speaker.
The Ontario Legislature is sometimes referred to as the "Ontario Provincial Parliament". Members of the assembly refer to themselves as "Members of the Provincial Parliament" (MPPs) as opposed to "Members of the Legislative Assembly" (MLAs) as in many other provinces. Ontario is the only province to do so, in accordance with a resolution passed in the Assembly on April 7, 1938.
However, the Legislative Assembly Act refers only to "members of the Assembly". The Legislative Assembly is the second-largest Canadian provincial deliberative assembly by the number of members after the National Assembly of Quebec.
The current assembly was elected on June 7, 2018, as part of the 42nd Parliament of Ontario.
Owing to the location of the Legislative Building on the grounds of Queen's Park, the metonym "Queen's Park" is often used to refer to both the Government of Ontario and the Legislative Assembly.
About the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
The Legislative Assembly of Ontario is made up of members of provincial Parliament (MPPs) who are elected by Ontarians to represent them and their constituencies. The Legislative Assembly’s main responsibilities are to debate and pass legislation, to hold the government to account, and to approve government spending. The Legislative Assembly meets in the Legislative Building located in Queen’s Park in Toronto.
About the Office of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
The Office of the Legislative Assembly provides administration and operational support to the Legislative Assembly. Employees of the Office of the Legislative Assembly offer non-partisan support and service to MPPs. The Office of the Legislative Assembly is made up of several branches. You can find contact information for the office’s branches on the Offices, divisions, and branches page.
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