The Government of Ontario has launched public consultations on two key Acts that will impact on the changing nature of the modern workplace. The consultations will consider how the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Employment Standards Act, 2000 can be amended to balance protection for workers while supporting businesses. The scope of the consultations is outlined in the Terms of Reference and the Guide to Consultations.
Workplace trends examined in the consultations will include:
- The increase in non-standard working relationships such as temporary jobs, involuntary part-time work, and self-employment.
- The rising prominence of the service sector.
- Globalization and trade liberalization.
- Accelerating technological change.
- Greater workplace diversity.
Two Special Advisors will lead the consultations: lawyer C. Michael Mitchell, and the Honourable John C. Murray, a former justice of the Ontario Superior Court and prominent management labour lawyer. Following the conclusion of the consultations, the advisors will provide the government with a written report and recommendations.
The Advisors will also be holding public consultations. Individuals and organizations interested in making a presentation for an upcoming public consultation sessions are advised to contact The Changing Workplaces Review at CWR.SpecialAdvisors@ontario.ca or by calling 1-888-868-5844.
For more information on the Changing Workplace Review, visit the Ontario Ministry of Labour website.