Published by the Labour Group
McCarthy Tétrault 2013

Ontario Proposes Major Changes to Workplace Laws
On December 4, 2013, the Ontario government introduced Bill 146, An Act to amend various statutes with respect to employment and labour, also known as the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2013.  

According to the Minister of Labour, the goal of the bill is to both level the playing field for employers and increase protection for vulnerable workers in Ontario. The proposed changes are similar to some of the recommendations made by the Law Reform Commission of Ontario that submitted a report on vulnerable workers.

Although the bill has just been introduced, if it passes through the legislature and then receives royal assent, it will have a significant impact on workplace regulation in Ontario by making major changes to a number of employment-related statutes, including the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA), the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997, the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA), the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and the Employment Protection for Foreign Nationals Act (Live-in Caregivers and Others), 2009 (EPFNA). The material changes proposed by the bill are described below.