• Ontario’s labour ministry must ensure employees are paid what they are owed

    The ministry must stop depending on complaints from employees to enforce the act. Instead it should conduct more surprise inspections, which are more successful both at catching law-breaking employers and collecting unpaid wages… But still it sticks with its complaints driven process to enforce the act though it knows that even when individual employees file successful claims against employers about two-thirds of the companies still do not comply.

  • Wage-theft victims lost $28M to poor enforcement, statistics show

    Victims of wage theft across Ontario have lost out on $28 million over the past six years because the Ministry of Labour failed to collect the pay owed to them by law-breaking bosses, new statistics show. Just $19 million of the $47.5 million stolen from out-of-pocket workers since 2009 has ever been recovered… (Employment Standards Act) enforcement is still largely complaint driven but that many employees face barriers, like fear of retaliation, that inhibit them from making complaints

  • The Labour Market Agreements: What Did They Really Do?

    From 2008 until 2014, the federal government transferred funds through the Labour Market Agreements to the provinces and territories to support labour market programs and employment services for disadvantaged Canadians. In 2013, Ottawa unilaterally cancelled the Labour Market Agreements and replaced them (except in Québec) with Canada Job Fund Agreements. In doing so, Ottawa moved from helping the most disadvantaged to supporting employers to train their own employees.

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    Ontario at bottom for good jobs, social spending: Report

    Ontario now boasts the highest proportion of minimum wage workers in Canada and one of the worst rates of long-term unemployment in the country, according to a new report by an anti-poverty coalition representing 90 community and labour organizations across the province… The report shows that Ontarians now pay more for health-care expenses than any other province. Funding per student for post-secondary education is the lowest in the country. Wait times for affordable housing and long-term care are the longest nationwide, and child-care costs are the highest.

  • Hiring portal aims to connect once-homeless youth with job opportunities

    We asked ourselves how we could best use our combined assets to help more young people find employment… The result is HireUp – Canada’s first national hiring portal that connects employers with youth-serving organizations across Canada. Through the portal, Canadian employers gain access to the skills and talents of young people who have previously spent time on the streets and have now completed job skills training programs to fully prepare them for the workplace.

  • Closing the Gender Wage Gap

    The Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee… will examine how women are affected by the gender wage gap, at work, in their family, and in their community. They will assess how government, business, labour, other organizations, and individual leaders can work together to resolve issues that may cause the wage gap… The… Steering Committee has created two consultation papers… for organizations, and… for individuals… Public townhall sessions will be held across the province.

  • The reality of Harper’s Conservatives and Canada’s stagnant job growth

    Over the past two years and change, the country has added a net 263,000 jobs – or a thin 10,000 a month. (U.S. employment, after accounting for the size difference, grew at nearly triple the Canadian pace over the same period.) In that time, Canada’s working-age population has grown by nearly 700,000; job creation hasn’t even come close to matching population growth… The vast bulk of job creation has been in the lower-paying services sector.

  • Ontario’s labour ministry must collect unpaid wages

    It’s hard to believe you could work for a company and not get paid. But that’s what’s happening to thousands of workers across Ontario each year. And though the Ministry of Labour has the means to collect wages on behalf of employees… Its current success rate is only 37 per cent on the cases where it actually issued orders to pay. Worse, it prosecuted only eight employers who had refused to pay. That is alarming. It’s a Get Out of Jail Free card for employers who refuse to pay their workers.

  • Governments must protect those in ‘precarious’ jobs

    … most precarious workers never complain to the Ministry of Labour. That’s because the employment act currently offers no protection against unjust dismissal. So most employees – who are identified to their employer by the ministry the moment they make a complaint – choose a pay cheque over their rights… these recommendations will put an end to precarious employment, they could go a long way toward helping workers lead more stable home and work lives, bolster economic competitiveness, and protect workers’ rights.

  • Ontario employers get slap on wrist for mistreating employees

    Under the current model, employers have almost no incentive to obey the law in the first place… And while employers can afford lawyers, the majority of workers cannot… Recognizing that relying on vulnerable workers to enforce their own rights makes little sense, many jurisdictions have moved to a more proactive model of enforcement.