Ontario’s Minister of Labor, who also oversees immigration, is calling for legislative changes to make the province a more attractive place to work.
Monte McNaughton presented the “Labor law for workers»On October 25. If passed, it could mean big changes for workers in Ontario.
The act includes proposed changes that were announced last week for immigrants trying to work in regulated professions in Ontario.
In short, the Ontario government wants to see relaxed requirements for newcomers licensed in non-health professions. Namely, they want to remove the requirement for regulators to require Canadian work experience, eliminate the need to take a language test for licensing purposes, and speed up the licensing process. license, especially in an emergency.
” It’s meIt is imperative that we recognize the credentials of new Canadians and get them to meet licensing requirements and access these meaningful jobs if we are to build our province, ”said McNaughton. CIC News by telephone.
McNaughton cited skill shortages in the skilled trades that will only increase as more workers retire. He also referred to a recent study which suggested that Ontario would see an additional $ 12 to 20 billion added to its economy if the skills gap between immigrants and Canadian-born workers were closed.
The proposed legislation for regulatory bodies does not currently include health professions. McNaughton did not explain why, but said the government hopes to change this in the near future.
If passed, Ontario would be the first province in Canada to eliminate the requirement for Canadian work experience in regulated professions. It would also be the first to introduce “right to disconnect” policies and ban non-compete agreements.
Employers with 25 or more workers should implement a policy that would allow employees to log off from work at the end of the working day. The new legislation would also prevent employers from implementing non-compete agreements, under which workers must sign a contract stating that, for a period of time, they will not work for a competitor after leaving their company.
A media representative from the minister’s office said the whole process could take two years to enter into force, including the legislative process as well as implementation. The minister hopes the bill will be passed before the Ontario election in June 2022. This is important because when Ontario comes into an election, not all bills considered by the Legislature can go from before unless they are reintroduced during the new session. The minister’s office does not currently have a date for the start of the debates.
Beyond the changes made to the laws governing regulatory bodies, the Minister of Immigration also wants the federal government to give Ontario more powers over immigration. For 2021, the federal government has allowed Ontario to welcome 9,000 newcomers through its Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). McNaughton would like to see that number double due to labor shortages that persist despite Ontario being the most popular province for new immigrants.
“This year we’ve made healthcare workers and skilled workers a priority, but that number really needs to increase due to the huge labor shortage we are experiencing,” McNaughton said. “We are well positioned to match these newcomers to unfilled jobs. “
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