The previously announced review of Ontario's existing labour
and employment legislation in Ontario has now established its
schedule for public consultations beginning in Toronto on June 16,
2015. It has also published a Guide to Consultations.
In February 2015, the Ontario government appointed C. Michael
Mitchell, formerly of Sack Goldblatt Mitchell LLP (a worker side
law firm), and the Honourable John C. Murray, a former Justice of
the Ontario Superior Court and management labour lawyer, as Special
Advisors to coordinate and lead a review on issues and trends
affecting workers and employers in the modern Ontario workplace and
to prepare a final report and recommendations.
Known as the Changing Workplaces Review, the Review has now
scheduled public consultations about how the Labour Relations Act,
1995 (LRA) and the Employment Standards Act.
2000 (ESA) could be modernized to reflect the
needs of workers and employers. Public consultations will
begin in Toronto on June 16, 2015 and continue over the summer in
various other communities. Written comments may be provided
through September 18, 2015.
The review is focused on how the legislation noted above could
be amended to reflect today's realities in the workplace.
That said, the review will not consider the following areas:
construction industry provisions of the LRA
the minimum wage
policy discussions for which other independent processes are
the gender wage gap
certain issues regarding migrant workers
compulsory interest arbitration for certain groups
broader public sector bargaining structures.
The review is expected to touch on issues ranging from changing
demographics of workers, the shift from manufacturing to service
based industries, the increase in non-standard employment
(temporary, part-time and self-employment), the evolution of work
structures and organizations (including smaller organizations with
flatter org charts) and the present day state of collective
The written Guide to Consultations can be accessed here.
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guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
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