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Understanding Ontario, Canada's New Bill 190, Working for Workers Five Act, 2024

Chris Mefford
Post by Chris Mefford
May 13, 2024
Understanding Ontario, Canada's New Bill 190, Working for Workers Five Act, 2024

On May 6, 2024, the Government of Ontario introduced a new legislative development with the tabling of Bill 190, the Working for Workers Five Act

This bill proposes significant amendments to several key laws governing employment standards and workplace safety. Here's what employers and workers in Ontario need to know about the proposed changes and how they could impact the workplace.

Major Reforms to Employment Standards

Bill 190 aims to make substantial changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA).

  • One of the standout features is the new job posting requirements. Employers will now need to clarify whether a job posting is for an existing vacancy, enhancing transparency for job seekers. 

  • This move aims to tackle the issue of "ghost jobs" - postings that exist more to survey the job market or appease current staff rather than to fill an immediate vacancy.

  • Moreover, the bill addresses the phenomenon of candidate "ghosting" by mandating that employers provide essential feedback to candidates after interviews. This requirement fosters a more respectful and communicative hiring process.

  • Another significant change is the prohibition of mandatory doctor’s notes for workers taking job-protected sick leave. This amendment is likely to reduce the burden on healthcare providers and respect the privacy and dignity of workers.

Penalties for violations of the ESA are also set to increase dramatically, with maximum fines for individuals jumping from $50,000 to $100,000, signaling a more stringent enforcement approach!



Enhancements to Occupational Health and Safety

Bill 190 also proposes updates to the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). These amendments extend OHSA protections to home offices, a move reflecting the rise of remote work. The definition of workplace harassment will expand to include virtual harassment, acknowledging the evolving nature of workplace interactions.

Additionally, the bill mandates that employers maintain clean and sanitary washroom facilities, a basic yet vital aspect of workplace dignity and health.


Fair Access to Regulated Professions

Changes to the Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act, 2006 (FARPCTA), are also on the agenda. These amendments will require regulated professions to accept alternative qualification documentation and to streamline the registration processes. 

Such reforms are designed to reduce barriers for professionals seeking to enter regulated fields, potentially enhancing diversity and addressing labor shortages.


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What's Next?

The introduction of Bill 190 signals new steps by the Ontario government to adapt to the changing landscape of work and worker needs. As one might expect, while these changes aim to foster more equitable, transparent, and safe working conditions, they have also sparked concern about how they will be implemented.

As the bill moves through the legislative process, stakeholder consultations will play a crucial role in refining these proposals to ensure they meet the needs of all parties involved while balancing practicality with progressive change.


Have Your Say Contact Your MPP

Reach out to your Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP). MPPs represent your interests in the Ontario Legislature and can convey your opinions during discussions on the bill. You can find your MPP by entering your postal code on the Legislative Assembly of Ontario website.


Need Help Navigating Canada?

For both workers and employers in Ontario, staying informed and engaged with this process will be key to navigating the upcoming changes effectively.

As Ontario considers the new changes proposed by Bill 190, it's important for businesses to stay informed and adapt effectively. TCWGlobal specializes in providing up-to-date information and workforce management solutions across Ontario and throughout Canada. 

By working with TCWGlobal, you can ensure that your contingent workforce meets the latest regulatory requirements and industry standards. Partner with us to manage your workforce challenges confidently and maintain your competitive edge.

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Chris Mefford
Post by Chris Mefford
May 13, 2024