Ontario's Regulated Professions Improving Their Registration Procedures: Fairness Commissioner issues second annual report



    TORONTO, Aug. 25 /CNW/ -

    News

    Hon. Jean Augustine, Ontario's Fairness Commissioner, reports the
beginnings of systemic change to improve access to the professions in her
second annual report
(www.fairnesscommissioner.ca/en/downloads/PDF/annual_report_08_09_en.pdf)
about the state of registration and licensing in the regulated professions.
    In it, she outlines the progress made by regulatory bodies in creating
transparent, objective, impartial and fair registration for people who want to
enter the professions.
    In 2008-2009, for the first time in Canada, regulators had to submit
details about their requirements and procedures. This information is pivotal
to the Commissioner's ability to decide whether registration is fair.
    The annual report
(www.fairnesscommissioner.ca/en/downloads/PDF/annual_report_08_09_en.pdf)
outlines the changes proposed by 16 of Ontario's 36 regulatory bodies in
2008-2009. It also lists the regulators that have undergone audits to
determine whether they are meeting the requirements of Ontario's fair access
laws.

    Quotes

    "I'm pleased to see the signs of positive systemic change, change that
reflects the values of Ontarians."
    "With our leadership, regulators are taking action by modernizing
programs, revisiting requirements and rewriting regulations about licensing."
    -Hon. Jean Augustine, PC

    
    Quick Facts

    - To work in most regulated professions   
(http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=b23a69e94529f31) in Ontario, a
        person must register with the regulatory body for the profession.
    -   Fair access laws cover 36 regulatory bodies.
    -   By March 31, 2009, all 36 bodies had submitted reports about their
        practices and four had undergone audits
(http://www.fairnesscommissioner.ca/en/about/current_projects/audits.php).
    -   In 2008, applications                
(http://webx.newswire.ca/click/?id=b5fdbf1a739f5a4) from internationally
        trained applicants rose slightly, after declining for three years.
        For the third year in a row, applications from other Canadian
        provinces declined.
    

    Learn More

    Learn more about (http://www.fairnesscommissioner.ca/en/about/index.php)
the Office of the Fairness Commissioner
(http://www.fairnesscommissioner.ca/en/), an independent agency of the Ontario
government, its mandate
(http://www.fairnesscommissioner.ca/en/about/mandate.php) and commissioner
(www.fairnesscommissioner.ca/en/about/media_room/commissioners_biography.php).





For further information:

For further information: and interview requests: Beatrice Schriever,
(416) 325-9511, beatrice.schriever@ontario.ca

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