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Changes to Employment Standards

The Changing Workplaces Review – Final Report outlines proposed amendments to modify Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000 and Labour Relations Act, 1995.

Intended to address the changing Labour Market, an independent review proposes 173 legislative changes to labour relations and employment standards.

For more information, click to access "The Changing Workplaces Review an Agenda for Workplace Rights" Summary Report.

 

Bill 132

On September 8, 2016, the government passed Bill 132, the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act (Supporting Survivors and Challenging Sexual Violence and Harassment). The act will make workplaces safer and improve supports for survivors through legislative amendments.

Click to view the amendments.  

 

Occupational Health and Safety Act

The Guide to the Occupational Health and Safety Act sets out the rights and duties of all parties in the workplace, as well as the procedures for dealing with workplace hazards and for enforcement as needed. View the guide.

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Click to access Occupational Health and Safety Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. O.1.

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) is a key player in the Ontario occupational Health & Safety system. Start your health and safety program and stay connected to changing legislation with the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) Small Business Centre. Click to view the website.

 

Anti-Spam Legislation

Anti-Spam Legislation has been in effect since July 1st, 2014.

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In an effort to reduce the harmful effects of spam and related threats to electronic commerce, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) has legislated protection.
Canada’s anti-spam legislation is intended to better protect Canadians while ensuring that businesses can continue to compete in the global marketplace.
In order to comply with Canada's anti-spam legislation, there are 3-simple rules to follow when sending Commercial Electronic Messages (CEMs):

Learn more on the anti-spam legislation by clicking here.

 

Minimum Wage Increase

On October 1, 2017, the minimum wage will rise from $11.40 to $11.60. It is proposed the minimum wage will increase January 1, 2018 to $14.00 and January 1, 2019 to $15.00.

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Ontario Premier, Kathleen Wynne stated:

"Increasing the minimum wage will help improve the standard of living for hardworking people across the province, while ensuring that businesses have the predictability necessary to plan for the future.”

Click here for more information about the Minimum Wage.

 

Bill 168 - Workplace Violence And Workplace Harassment

The Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) was amended on June 15, 2010 (Bill 168) to deal with workplace violence and harassment.

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Every workplace in Ontario with more than 5 employees is required to:

• Develop policies to deal with workplace violence and workplace harassment
• Implement programs and provide training on policies
• Review policies on an annual basis

To review legislation related to Workplace Violence and Workplace Harassment, click here.

 

Bill 160 - Amendments to Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act

Bill 160 amends the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and significantly changes the regulation of Occupational Health and Safety in Ontario including:

To view amendments to Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety Act through Bill 160, click here.

 

Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

One in seven people in Ontario have a disability. Over the next 20 years, that number will rise as the population ages.

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Creating a province where every person who lives or visits can fully participate makes good sense for people, businesses and communities. That is why Ontario is being made accessible to all.

Find out what you need to do to make your business or workplace accessible by clicking here.

 

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Workplace Safety and Insurance Board

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) oversees Ontario's workplace safety education and training system, provides disability benefits, monitors the quality of health care, and assists in early and safe return to work.

Employment Standards Act of Ontario

The Ministry of Labour enforces and promotes awareness of employment standards, such as minimum wage, hours of work, public holidays and other standards. Learn more about the rights of employees and employer obligations in Ontario.

Occupational Health and Safety Act

The Occupational Health and Safety Act sets out the rights and duties of all parties in the workplace. The Act establishes procedures for dealing with workplace hazards, and enforcement of the law where compliance has not been achieved voluntarily.

Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS)

Health and safety doesn’t have to be complicated. Start your health and safety program and stay connected to changing legislation with the Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) Small Business Centre.

Employment and Social Development Canada

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) works to improve the standard of living and quality of life for all Canadians. “We do this by promoting a labour force that is highly skilled. We also promote an efficient and inclusive labour market”.

Human Resources Management (Government of Canada)

A one-stop information source for your Human Resource management needs, including information from government and non-government sources.


Employer Resources

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