TORONTO, May 7, 2018 /CNW/ - Today the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) released its provincial election platform Ideas 2018: Making Ontario a Human Capital Leader. The platform outlines four key recommendations for all political parties to ensure that Ontario continues to be competitive and attract and retain the best talent.
"The decisions made by the next government will determine our economic future," said Scott Allinson, Vice President of Public Affairs. "All parties must commit to making our workforce more competitive and make decisions that will both prepare our youth for tomorrow's workforce and create more well-paying jobs right here in Ontario."
HRPA developed its election platform priorities from surveys done with its membership across Ontario, which found expanding our province's educational capacity was a key priority. In fact, over 41 per cent of respondents believed their entry-level hires over the last year had not been sufficiently prepared to do the jobs they were hired for by their pre-hire education. Recommendations to address this challenge include:
Making experiential learning mandatory;
Encouraging small and medium-sized business to participate in experiential learning programs; and,
Reimagining Ontario's education system by teaching students the integrated capabilities needed for future jobs rather than individual subjects.
The platform also calls on all political parties to reform the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to prevent frivolous claims, which bog down the process for those claims with merit. The Association calls for steps to be taken to streamline the process, including introducing mandatory pre-screening for all complaints before any action is launched.
"It's essential that all workers are treated fairly and in accordance with the Human Rights Code, yet 94 per cent of our members agree that Ontario must implement reforms to better identify repeat and unfounded claims," concluded Allinson. "The current system is overburdened and is costing organizations thousands in unnecessary legal fees and these reforms will help address this and ensure claims with merit are quickly addressed."
About HRPA Through an Act of the Ontario Legislature, the Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) regulates the professional HR practice of its more than 23,000 members in Ontario, across Canada and around the world. HRPA connects members with an unmatched range of HR information, resources, events, professional development and networking opportunities. On an annual basis, HRPA hosts Canada's largest HR conference and trade show. HRPA issues three levels of professional certification: the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation for practitioners entering the profession and working in administrative capacities; the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), for practitioners working in fully professional capacities; and the Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE), for senior executives.
SOURCE Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA)
For further information: Liz Bernier, Communications Specialist, HRPA, (416) 923-2324 ext. 324, [email protected]