Ontario Seeks Input Regarding the Establishment of Minimum Standards for School Board Trustee Codes of Conduct

On September 17, 2021, the Ontario government announced that it is seeking input from stakeholders and members of the public regarding the establishment of “minimum standards” for school board trustee codes of conduct. The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2021. Section 218.2(1) of Ontario’s Education Act currently provides that a school board “may adopt…

Ontario Seeking Input on Temporary Help Agency Consultations

The Ontario government is seeking input from interested parties on a broad range of questions relating to temporary agencies and their obligations under the Employment Standards Code, 2000 (ESA). In this regard, it has posted Temporary Help Agency Consultations. The consultations focus on the non-compliance of those temporary help agencies that operate “underground”, putting “law-abiding…

Public Consultation on Ontario Privacy Law Reform for Private Sector

The Ontario government has opened a public consultation phase seeking input on reform for private sector privacy law, specifically to address gaps in the existing law and to enact new rules to protect privacy rights and increase confidence in digital services. This could be an initial step towards the introduction of a private sector privacy…

Changes Are Coming to the Justice System in Ontario

On December 9, 2019, the Ontario government tabled Bill 161, Smarter and Stronger Justice Act, 2019, omnibus legislation that, if passed, would enact significant changes to the justice system through amendments to numerous statutes. Set out below is a brief summary of the notable changes to the Class Proceedings Act, 1992, the Courts of Justice…

Ontario Announces Financial Incentives For “Safe Employers”

On November 22, 2019, the government of Ontario unveiled Supporting Ontario’s Safe Employers. This is an initiative which will formally recognize and provide financial incentives to employers who have successfully implemented an occupational health and safety management system in their workplace. Ontario’s Chief Prevention Officer will accredit successful employers. The government states that this program…

Ontario’s Bill 132 Referred to Committee, Includes Proposed Amendments to PBA

On November 7, 2019, Bill 132, Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019 (Bill 132), passed Second Reading and was referred to the Standing Committee on General Government. Bill 132 is omnibus legislation which, if passed, will amend a number of statutes, including the Ontario Pension Benefits Act (PBA). Proposed amendments to the PBA…

Ontario to Consult on New Public Sector Benefits Pooling Model

The Treasury Board Secretariat has announced that it will begin consultations this year on a new benefits pooling model for broader public sector participants. The government consulted with public sector employers and bargaining agents in the spring and summer of this year about how to achieve reasonable public sector compensation growth, and a centralized benefits…