Federal Government Launches Consultations to Improve the Collective Bargaining Process

On October 19, 2022, the federal government announced that it is seeking public feedback regarding its plan to improve the collective bargaining process. The government states that the consultation was launched in response to its commitment to introduce legislation by the end of 2023 to prohibit the use of replacement workers during a strike or…

WSIB Consulting on Rate Setting for Temporary Employment Agencies

The Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is seeking feedback from temporary employment agencies (TEAs) in response to its new premium rate setting model, originally introduced in 2020. The public consultation will support a review and possible modification of the rate setting approach for the TEA industry. Under the new rate setting model, TEAs…

Employment and Social Development Canada Extends Consultation on Modernizing Employment Insurance Program

In August 2021, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) initiated a consultation survey on how to modernize the nation’s Employment Insurance (EI) program. The need for the consultation survey was driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and the gaps it highlighted in the EI program. On November 9, 2021, ESDC extended the closing date of the…

Federal Ministry of Labour Launches Task Force to Review Employment Equity Act

On July 14, 2021, the federal Minister of Labour announced that it has launched a Task Force with the purpose of “making concrete, independent and evidence-based recommendations to the Minister of Labour on how to modernize” the Employment Equity Act (Act). The Task Force is looking into issues surrounding employment equity and inclusion in federally…

Ontario Consultation on WSIB Surplus Distribution Model

Ontario has launched a Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) Surplus Distribution Model consultation on how and when the WSIB should distribute any surplus funds.  The Operational Review Report sets out 25 recommendations, one that proposes the government adopt a sufficiency ratio between 115% and 125% for the WSIB fund. At 115% sufficiency, the WSIB…

Ontario Launches Tower Crane Health and Safety Consultation

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (Ministry) has launched a Consultation on Improving Health and Safety Requirements relating to Tower Cranes, which aims to update current legislative requirements for the operation of tower cranes. The consultation is focused on the requirements set out in the Construction Project Regulation, O. Reg. 213/91, and O….

Ontario Consults on OHSA Regulations Relating to Notice of Project and Head Protection Requirements

The Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (Ministry) is seeking input from interested parties in respect of regulatory proposals to modernize the Notice of Project and worker head protection requirements for workplaces in Ontario that fall under the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). Proposed Changes to Notice of Project Requirements The intention…

Ontario Announces Consultation on Modernizing Privacy

On June 18, 2021, the Ontario government released a White Paper titled “Modernizing Privacy in Ontario” and announced a public consultation on the issues raised in the Paper. Headed by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, the government is looking to revamp its legislative privacy framework and provide privacy protection beyond current provincial and…

Ministry Consults on Extending Mandatory WSIB Coverage to Personal Support Workers and Developmental Support Workers

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (Ministry) is seeking input on whether mandatory coverage under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 should be extended to Personal Support Workers (PSWs) and Developmental Support Workers (DSWs) under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997. Specifically, the Ministry has set out the following questions in…