Recommendations from the Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee

Published December 10, 2021

The Ontario government is releasing 21 recommendations from the Ontario Workforce Recovery Advisory Committee (OWRAC) on making the province the best place to live, work and raise a family. The committee delivered their interim report in the summer, which has led to the passing of first-of-their-kind changes in Canada through the Working for Workers Act, 2021, including requiring most workplaces to have a right to disconnect policy, banning businesses from using non-compete agreements, and making it easier for internationally-trained individuals to practice in their professions.
Recommendations from the committee include:

  • #8: “Appoint an expert to design and test a portable benefits program, where contributors could be employers, workers and the government.”
  • #15: “Create and recognize the dependent contractor category for gig or platform workers in the app-based space and give this category of workers basic employment rights.”
  • #21: Develop an employment brand and communications strategy for domestic and international markets to promote Ontario as a desirable place to work and live.

Full list of the recommendations can be found here beginning on page 30.

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