Public consultations commenced in Toronto on June 16th as part of the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s (“MOL”) implementation of the Changing Workplaces Review, and are expected to continue throughout the summer until mid-September.
The Changing Workplaces Review was announced earlier this year as part of MOL’s mandate to increase protection for workers and create a support environment for businesses to thrive. The review will consist of public consultations in regions across Ontario to address the changing nature of the modern workplace. The consultations will focus on potential amendments to the Labour Relations Act, 1995 (“LRA”) and the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) to better reflect the current economy and emerging workplace trends including:
- Changes in the demographic of workers;
- Increases in non-standard working relationships;
- Accelerating technological changes;
- The expansion of the service economy;
- Greater workplace diversity; and
- Changes in the global economy including globalization and trade liberalization.
In addition to these broader trends, the public consultations will also focus specifically on the minimum standards, minimum coverage, and minimum compliance under the ESA and amendments to collective representation including union formation under the LRA.
The results and recommendations from the consultations will be provided to the government in a final report written by the two Special Advisors who will be conducting the regional discussions. These results are sure to lead to significant amendments to Ontario’s current workplace legislation which will be felt by all across the province.
The MOL has released the times and locations of the consultations here – will you be attending?