Queen’s Park, April 30, 2015 - This morning Niagara West – Glanbrook MPP Tim Hudak supported Ryan’s Law as it passed third and final reading in the Ontario Legislature.
“This is an important safety measure for all children who have asthma,” said MPP Hudak adding he is proud to support Ryan’s Law which allows all asthmatic children to carry their inhaler at school. “It’s shocking that, until now, some children with asthma could not have their inhalers with them at school.”
Hudak also praised his colleague, Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek for his commitment to Ryan’s Law and his perseverance since 2013 in getting it passed.
“This is just good news from a public policy perspective and from the point of view of an opposition MPP doing good work, persevering and changing the law to protect kids,” said Hudak.
With the passing of this bill, which garnered unanimous support, students in the province of Ontario will be allowed to carry their relief inhalers on them at all times while at school. Ryan’s Law also mandates all schools develop comprehensive asthma policies that include training for staff and a communication plan.
Ryan’s Law is named after Ryan Gibbons, who died after suffering an asthma attack at school, where his inhaler was locked up and unavailable to him.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank all MPPs, supporters, especially the Ontario Lung Association, and Sandra Gibbons and her family for all their commitment, hard work, dedication and endorsements for Ryan’s Law,” said Yurek. “This bill will ensure every child with asthma is protected no matter where they go to school.”