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Ontario Passes the Working for Workers Act

November 30, 2021  By Bakers Journal


Toronto – Ontario has passed the Working for Workers Act, 2021, which aims to make it easier for internationally trained workers to work in their trained professions, and includes other measures to help workers such as a right-to-disconnect policy.

With the passage of this legislation, the province’s goal is to ensure labour laws keep pace with the acceleration of new technology, automation and remote work, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development said in a news release. “We are protecting workers’ rights, while positioning Ontario as the top destination for global talent and investment.”

The act makes it easier for internationally trained workers to practise in the professions they trained in, helping more businesses find the workers they need.
The act will require most workplaces have a right-to-disconnect policy and ban businesses from using non-compete agreements.

It establishes mandatory licensing of recruiters and temporary help agencies, with harsh penalties for violators, and gives truckers and food delivery couriers the right to access washrooms in the businesses and restaurants they serve.

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