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A Job Should be a Pathway Out of Poverty

Ontario’s labour laws are set for review this year and there is a lot on the line.

It has been 20 years since labour laws were re-opened in Ontario and that was under a Mike Harris government, when many of the gains made during the province’s first-ever NDP government were rolled back.

However, there is new hope. The Wynne government has bent to pressure from the labour movement, sustained media attention to the growing trend towards precarious work and the ensuing public outcry.

This year, the Ontario government appointed two Special Advisors to head up a “Changing Workplaces Review.” C. Michael Mitchell and the Honourable John C. Murray released a discussion paper in May and, on June 16, they launched public consultations that will take them to 10 communities around the province this summer (see below for the full list).

There can be little doubt that this is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change Ontario’s outmoded labour laws to lift employment standards for every worker and provide easier access to unionization and the protections it affords.

Download the OFL Preliminary Submission to Ontario’s “Changing Workplaces Review”:

Schedule of Public Consultation Meetings

Any Ontarian concerned about workers’ rights and fair labour practices should learn more about the government’s “Changing Workplaces Review” and register to make a presentation during one of the public consultations:

  • Toronto: Jun. 16, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel (525 Bay St.)
  • Ottawa: Jun. 18, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Courtyard Ottawa Downtown (350 Dalhousie St.)
  • Mississauga: Jun. 24, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Courtyard Toronto by Marriott  (7015 Century Ave.)
  • Guelph: Jun. 25, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at OMAFRA (1 Stone Rd. W.)
  • Windsor: Jul. 7, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Holiday Inn  (1855 Huron Church Rd.)
  • London: Jul. 8, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at Station Park All Suite Hotel  (242 Pall Mall St.)
  • Sudbury: Jul. 23, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at a Venue TBD
  • Hamilton: Sep. 10, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at a Venue TBD
  • Thunder Bay: Sep. 16, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at a Venue TBD
  • Toronto: Sep. 18, from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. at a Venue TBD

For information about the review and to register for public consultations, visit:http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/about/workplace/consultation.php

 

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