Human Resources Legislative Update
Ontario Consults on the “Future of Work” as it enters COVID-19 Recovery Phase
Date: July 21, 2021
The Ontario government has established a Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee to lead consultations and to provide recommendations on the “future of work” in the province.
As stated by the government, the Committee’s recommendations regarding the “future of work” will focus on three pillars:
- Economic recovery: How to make Ontario the top jurisdiction with a world-class workforce and talent supply?
- Strengthening Ontario’s competitive position: In an increasingly remote, global and technologically advanced economy, how will we ensure that Ontario remains the best place in North America to recruit, retain, and reward workers?
- Supporting workers: How to ensure Ontario’s technology platform workers benefit from flexibility, control, and security?
The genesis for the Committee was the disruption to the labour market caused by COVID-19 and the permanent “shift in the landscape of work,” including the shift to remote work. The government states there is now an opportunity to adapt to these changes, capitalize on the positive impacts, and lead economic recovery through workforce development and new approaches to employment policy.
Interested parties are invited to provide “comments, ideas, and suggestions” on any of the three pillars by July 31, 2021.
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