Workplace

Ontario Passes the Working for Workers Act

Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, issued the following statement in recognition of the passing of the Working for Workers Act, 2021:

“Our government is working for workers everyday to help them earn bigger paycheques, stay safe, and have better opportunities. We are determined to rebalance the scales and put workers in the driver’s seat of Ontario’s economic growth while attracting the best workers to our great province.

Door opens to Chatham-Kent’s agricultural workers

Oct 19, 2021 - There has been broad praise for changes to Canada’s immigration policy announced earlier this year that provide a path to permanent residency for temporary foreign workers – including agricultural workers.

In Chatham-Kent, workers the Caribbean, Latin America and other countries are essential to agriculture. Without their efforts, the great diversity of agriculture in the municipality would not be possible.

Joe Sbrocchi, general manager of the Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers, said farm organizations have supported the idea for some time.

Government of Canada supports initiative to address workplace sexual harassment and improve access to justice in Canada

March 3, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Justice Canada

Creating and maintaining workplaces where everyone – no matter their gender identity or expression – can be safe, respected and able to focus on their work is a priority for the Government of Canada.
The Minister of Justice announced the Government of Canada’s support to Botler AI for the Pan-Canadian Triage System for Sexual Harassment, Misconduct & Violence.

Ontario Provides More Than $1 Billion In Support for Small Business

March 2, 2021 - TORONTO — The Ontario government has to-date provided more than $1 billion through the Ontario Small Business Support Grant to help eligible business owners affected by the COVID-19 restrictions. The grant provides a minimum of $10,000 to a maximum of $20,000 and can be used in whatever way makes the most sense for individual businesses; from paying employee wages, to offsetting the cost of rent, to purchasing inventory.

OCASI wants to hear from you, settlement practitioners!

In order to better serve its communities of settlement practitioners, OCASI is organizing a survey for its 2 bilingual knowledge hubs, SettlementAtWork and its French counterpart SecteurEtablissement.

The short survey will allow OCASI to get feedback and more insight on how settlement practitioners have been using these platforms so far and how they would like to see them evolve in the near future. A win-win situation!

ICES Report on COVID-19 in Immigrants and Refugees in Toronto

The ICES recently published a report on the impact of COVID-19 in Immigrants, Refugees and Other Recent OHIP Registrants in Toronto, data as of November 1, 2020 and trends over time as of November 7, 2020, fully titled "Key findings from ICES Report on COVID-19 in Immigrants, Refugees and Other Recent OHIP Registrants (Guttmann A,
Gandhi S, Wanigaratne S, Lu H, Ferreira-Legere LE. Toronto, ON: ICES; 2020.)".

Some key findings are:

Health & Safety Awareness Presentation

WSPS' Health & Safety Awareness Presentation (HSAP) gives students, new immigrants and other vulnerable workers the crucial information they need to ensure their health and safety on the job. Free of charge, these sessions can be presented to classrooms of any size – including general assemblies – and are delivered by trained WSPS volunteers.

HSAP can be delivered in English or French. For all other language inquiries, please contact hsapregistrations@wsps.ca.

COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open

The Ontario government unveiled the “COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open,” a new five-tiered, colour-coded system to help inform and regulate public health decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development is pleased to inform you that Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) is offering a free webinar on the COVID-19 Response Framework.