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.