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Ontario Seeking Input on Regulations Related to Personal Support Workers

The Ontario government is inviting comments on a proposed regulatory framework to be made under the Health and Supportive Care Providers Oversight Authority Act, 2021 (HSCPOA Act) and proposed amendments to a regulation made under the Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2021 (FLTC Act). Comments on these proposals are due by January 15, 2024. Proposed Regulatory…

Ontario Introduces Working for Workers Four Act, 2023

On November 14, 2023, the Ontario government introduced Bill 149, Working for Workers Four Act, 2023. Bill 149, if passed, would amend several statutes, including the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) and the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA). This FTR Now reviews some of Bill 149’s key features of particular interest to employers….

Federal Government Tables Legislation to Ban Replacement Workers

On November 9, 2023, the federal government tabled legislation which would ban the use of replacement workers in federally regulated workplaces to do the work of striking or locked out workers once notice of bargaining has been given. This ban would be subject to certain exceptions. If passed, Bill C-58, An Act to amend the…

Ontario Consultation on the Scope of the Resident Support Personnel Role in Long-Term Care

Ontario’s Ministry of Long-Term Care (Ministry) has issued a consultation on the scope of the resident support personnel role in long-term care homes in the province. The consultation is related to recent regulatory changes to staffing qualifications in the long-term care sector. (For more information on the regulatory changes, please see our Human Resources Legislative…

Ontario Publishes Regulatory Changes to Staffing Qualifications in the Long-Term Care Sector

Ontario has published changes to the qualifications of persons hired as personal support workers (PSWs) or to provide personal support services in long-term care homes. Ontario Regulation 246/22 (O. Reg. 246/22) under the Fixing Long-Term Care Act, 2001 prescribes, among other things, residents’ rights, plans of care, processes for reporting complaints and nursing and personal…

Arbitrator Finds Mandatory Vaccination Policy to Be Reasonable

Arbitrator Goodfellow recently released his decision in Central West Local Health Integration Network v. Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 96. The issue before Arbitrator Goodfellow was the mandatory vaccination policy of two Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) employers—the Central West Local Health Integration Network and the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (collectively the…

Reminder: Naloxone Kit Requirements Effective June 1, 2023

As we reported previously, amendments to the Occupational Health & Safety Act in Bill 88, Working for Workers Act, 2022, which require certain employers to have a naloxone kit in the workplace, have been proclaimed into force effective June 1, 2023. On December 9, 2022, the Ontario government filed O. Reg. 559/22: Naloxone Kits, which…

Ontario Government Consultation on Permanent Framework for Target Benefit Plans

The Ontario government previously announced the launch of consultations on proposed regulations related to the implementation of a permanent legislative framework for target benefit multi-employer pension plans (MEPPs) in the province. The permanent framework would replace temporary funding regulations for Specified Multi-Employer Pension Plans (SOMEPPs) set to expire in 2024. The proposed framework will replace…