Working for Workers Act

The pandemic has changed the way that we work. In September, almost a third of Ontario workers spent at least half of their time working from home, the highest percentage of any province in Canada.

Workers are also facing a blurring between their work time and family time, negatively impacting their mental health, and increasing anxiety and depression.

Ontario is also seeing an increase in non-compete agreements, even for entry-level roles, which restrict work opportunities and suppress salary increases

That’s why our government is introducing the Working for Workers Act, which if passed, would make Ontario the first jurisdiction in Canada to tackle these trends and chart the course for the future of work.

The Act would require employers with 25 employees or more to develop disconnecting from work policies, which could include expectations about response time for emails and encouraging employees to turn on out-of-office notifications when they aren’t working.

The proposed legislation would also prohibit employers from using non-compete agreements. 

These changes help workers in Ontario advance their careers, earn more money and gives our province a competitive advantage in attracting global talent. Employers would still be able to protect their intellectual property through narrower clauses.

Measures announced earlier this month to break down barriers for internationally-trained workersestablish a licensing framework for recruiters and temporary help agenciesensure bathroom access for delivery workers and support businesses and workers by returning excess WSIB funds are also included in this bill. 

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