Special Advisors to the Review will lead public consultation meetings to be
held across Ontario. The schedule will be updated as information becomes
The consultations will consider how the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and
Employment Standards Act, 2000 could be amended to best protect workers while
supporting businesses in our changing economy.
Changing Workplaces Review will focus on how the Employment Standards Act, 2000
and the Labour Relations Act, 1995 could be reformed to better protect workers
while supporting businesses in our changing economy.
trends that will be examined in the consultation include:
increase in non-standard working relationships such as temporary jobs,
involuntary part-time work, and self-employment.
rising prominence of the service sector.
and trade liberalization.
Review will not consider:
industry provisions of the Labour Relations Act, 1995;
minimum wage (which was recently subject of a separate review);
discussions for which other independent processes have been initiated; in this
regard, the Ministry of Labour has separate processes examining issues such as:
gender wage gap;
specific issues regarding migrant workers;
dealing with compulsory interest arbitration for groups such as police,
firefighters and hospital workers; and
public sector bargaining structures.
Changing Workplaces Review will consider the broader issues affecting the
workplace and assess how the current labour and employment law framework as set
out in two specific Acts addresses these trends and issues. The Special
Advisors have been asked to determine what changes, if any, should be made to
the legislation in light of the changing nature of the workforce, the
workplace, and the economy itself.
you are interested in responding to this review with your comments, ideas and
suggestions, please contact the Ontario Ministry of Labour by:
Changing Workplaces Review
Employment Labour and Corporate
Ministry of Labour
400 University Ave., 12th Floor
Toronto, ON M7A 1T7
are encouraged throughout the consultation period. Comments will be accepted
until September 18, 2015.