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Labour group says they weren't consulted on new Ontario workers legislation

The Ontario Labour Federation (OFL) said the new rules fail to address the real concerns of Ontario workers — concerns the province would be aware of had they consulted the group.

Published Nov 17, 2023 at 5:54pm

Joseph Coppolino
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Joseph Coppolino
Labour group says they weren't consulted on new Ontario workers legislation
A person carries the Ontario Federation of Labour flag as a group advocating for provincially mandated paid sick days for workers participates in a 'die-in' rally outside Queens Park in Toronto, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (Cole Burston/The Canadian Press)

After the province rolled out a suite of new legislation aimed at protecting workers, Ontario labour advocates are not surprised the new policies miss the mark given workers were not consulted during the process.

Ontario’s new Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Development David Piccini made a number of splashy labour policy announcements over the last couple weeks as the province introduced Bill 149, the Working for Workers Four Act, 2023, legislation intended to improve protections for workers.

The legislation includes changes to job posting requirements. Bill 149 would require employers to disclose a salary range on job postings, disclose if artificial intelligence is to be used in the selection process and ban Canadian work experience requirements.

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