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Ont. beefs up safety for construction; B.C. reaches out to Filipino workers; College enrolment up 5.6 per cent
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 10/29/2008

Ont. beefs up safety for construction

Toronto — The Ontario government is making workers’ compensation coverage mandatory for all workers in the construction industry. The proposed legislation would require benefits and services in the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act be extended to independent operators and other individuals in the industry who are not currently covered. Once passed, the changes would come into effect three years later. Individuals would have access to financial compensation for lost earnings, coverage for certain health-care costs and job retraining services through the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.

B.C. reaches out to Filipino workers

Victoria — British Columbia employers participated in the province’s first-ever job fair in the Philippines to attract workers to jobs in the transportation and hospitality and tourism sectors. Held last month, the fair was hosted by an agency of the Philippine government that pre-screens Filipino applicants for B.C. employers. B.C. and the Philippine government previously signed an agreement to help address the labour shortage in the province. B.C. employers can recruit Filipinos as immigrants under a provincial nominee program or as temporary foreign workers. The Philippine government has also set up a labour office in Vancouver to support Filipino workers and help link employers with potential employees.

College enrolment up 5.6 per cent

Toronto — Ontario’s community colleges saw a 5.6-per-cent increase in first-year enrolment this fall, up from 5.5 per cent last year. In all, 95,805 students enrolled at one of the province’s 24 colleges this year. More students are choosing colleges because of the good employment prospects following graduation, said Linda Franklin, president of Colleges Ontario, with 90 per cent of graduates finding a job within six months of completing their programs. However, Ontario’s colleges receive the lowest amount of per-student funding in the country and considerably less per student than universities and high schools, said Franklin.

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