Ontario Promotes Labour Mobility

    McGuinty Government To Introduce Legislation To Attract Skilled Workers

    TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ -


    Full labour mobility will help Ontario workers and industry succeed in a
challenging economy by removing barriers to opportunity.
    Under proposed legislation to be introduced later today, workers
certified in any Canadian province or territory would be eligible for the same
certification in Ontario without additional training or testing. If passed,
the Ontario Labour Mobility Act, 2009 would make it easier for workers to
commence employment without long delays, with a few exceptions.
    Earlier this year, all provinces and territories agreed to eliminate the
barriers that prevent certified workers from moving between jurisdictions to
work. The proposed legislation would strengthen Ontario's economy by improving
productivity and competitiveness.


    "This is good news for Ontario. More Canadian workers would be free to
move to find work where opportunities exist or where their skills are needed.
Ontario employers would have a broader pool of qualified candidates and enjoy
a simpler process for hiring workers from other parts of Canada."
    John Milloy
(http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/biography/tcu_minister.html), Minister
of Training, Colleges and Universities.

    "Full labour market participation is vital to Ontario's economic growth.
By removing barriers to employment and allowing full labour mobility we are
creating a healthier economic environment in Ontario. This means more jobs for
Ontario workers."
    Peter Fonseca, Minister of Labour (http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/).


    -   Approximately 80 regulatory authorities and 300 occupations in
        Ontario would benefit from labour mobility legislation.

    -   If the legislation is passed, workers certified by another province
        or territory would be able to work in Ontario without additional
        training or testing. Some exceptions to full labour mobility may be
        necessary to protect such things as health and safety and consumers.
        Ontario's exceptions are currently under consideration.

    -   All provinces and the federal government endorsed changes to the
        Agreement on Internal Trade in January 2009 aimed at creating full
        mobility across Canada.


    For more information, please visit -- http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/

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    The Ontario Labour Mobility Act, 2009 will be introduced in the Ontario
Legislature today to strengthen support for full labour mobility for Canadian
    Amendments to the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) endorsed by Canada's
premiers in January 2009 commit all provinces and territories to improving
labour mobility for certified workers in professions and trades.
    If passed, the legislation would support Ontario's commitment to
implement the labour mobility provisions of the AIT in Ontario. It would
establish a Labour Mobility Code to govern how Ontario regulators will support
full mobility for out-of-province workers who are already certified.
Regulators include such organizations as the College of Physicians and
Surgeons, Professional Engineers Ontario and the Technical Standards and
Safety Authority.
    The proposed legislation would ensure that a worker certified to practice
in one province or territory will be entitled to be certified in that
occupation in Ontario without having to complete additional material training,
experience, examinations or assessments.
    The Act would recognize that Ontario regulators can set standards that
are considered necessary to protect the public. At the same time, it would
encourage regulators to work with their colleagues across Canada to achieve
common standards, where possible.

    Other key elements of the proposed legislation include:

    -   Allowing workers to apply for certification in Ontario without having
        to be a resident of Ontario.

    -   Allowing the responsible Minister to review a regulator's practices
        and take all necessary steps to ensure those practices comply with
        the Labour Mobility Code that is set out in the proposed Act.

    -   Enabling the Ontario government to impose fines on regulators who do
        not remove mobility barriers such as additional material testing and
        training, and to recover any fines imposed on Ontario by an AIT panel
        because a regulator did not work with the government to comply with
        the Code.

    -   Amending existing Ontario laws to conform with the Labour Mobility

    -   Enabling the Ontario government to comply with the AIT's dispute
        resolution process.

    If passed, the following provisions will take effect immediately upon the
Act coming into force:

    -   The Act would override provisions in any other Act, regulation or
        bylaw that conflict with the Labour Mobility Code.

    -   The Act would apply to applications made on or after the day the Act
        comes into force or to any application where a final decision has not
        been made by that date.

    -   To make it easy for workers to get information, the Act would require
        regulators to publish on their websites all certification
        requirements for workers already certified in Canada.

    Furthermore, if the Act is passed, regulators will need to amend any
inconsistent regulations and bylaws within 12 months of the Act coming into

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                            AND TRADES IN ONTARIO

    Full labour mobility will strengthen Canada's productivity and
competitiveness, help meet changing labour market needs and support the
ability of all Canadians to live and work where they want in Canada.
    By introducing the Ontario Labour Mobility Act, 2009, the McGuinty
government is meeting a commitment made last July by all premiers to eliminate
the barriers that prevent workers from moving easily between provinces to find
    Under the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT)
(http://www.ait-aci.ca/index_en/ait.htm), certified workers in professions and
skilled trades will be able to move freely to work where opportunities exist
or where they choose to live in Canada. Under the proposed legislation,
workers who are already certified in another province or territory would be
entitled to be certified in that occupation in Ontario. In the past, many
qualified workers have faced lengthy delays before being able to work in

    Labour Mobility under the 2009 Agreement on Internal Trade

    On January 16, 2009, Canada's premiers agreed to amend the AIT to remove
labour mobility barriers for certified workers across the country.
    In Ontario, changes to the AIT will apply to about 80 regulatory
authorities and 300 occupations, including skilled trades. Doctors, dentists,
architects, engineers, mechanics and plumbers are some of the professions and
trades that will benefit from rules that make it easier to work in Ontario.
    Provinces and territories can maintain additional requirements for those
occupations where it is necessary to protect the public interest in areas such
as health and safety or consumer protection. Exceptions will be posted at
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu/ this summer and can be challenged by other
provinces and territories.

    Labour Mobility and the Skilled Trades

    The AIT supports the Red Seal Program
(http://www.red-seal.ca/english/index_e.shtml) as a model for achieving full
mobility and national standards of excellence for training and certification
in the skilled trades. Ontario's commitment to the Red Seal program is
confirmed in the proposed Ontario Labour Mobility Act, 2009.
    The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program sets common standards
across Canada for the skilled trades. These standards are developed and
endorsed by industry. Workers with the Red Seal are highly employable because
employers know they have the skills and knowledge to get the job done.
    Under the AIT, workers with the Red Seal will continue to enjoy full
labour mobility. Certified workers in non-Red Seal trades that have been
matched across jurisdictions would also be entitled to full labour mobility.

    Labour Mobility between Ontario and Quebec

    Ontario is currently negotiating an economic partnership agreement with
Quebec, reflecting the high level of commitment for greater co-operation in
both provinces.
    Under the proposed agreement, both provinces agree to improve labour
mobility for certified workers, similar to the approach set out in the AIT.
The agreement builds on the 2006 Construction Labour Mobility Agreement
between the two provinces

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For further information:

For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-5748; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public
Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514; TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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