Ontario changes labour relations law

Province says it has restored balance in labour relations after years of employers having the upper hand, but at least one union says it doesn't go far enough and plans to file a human rights complaint
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 06/30/2005

Changes to Ontario’s labour relations laws are now in force.

Bill 144, the Labour Relations Statute Law Amendment Act, 2004, has received royal assent and is now law. The province said the changes restore fairness and balance to the province’s labour relations system.

“Since 1990, our labour laws have swung unfairly in favour of either employees or employers,” said Ontario’s Labour Minister Chris Bentley. “We have restored the traditional balance so all Ontarians can have equal confidence in our laws. This will contribute to the harmony and stability in the workplace that are vital for a prosperous, productive economy.”