Ontario increases labour mobility

Province follows in B.C. and Alberta's footsteps
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 11/09/2010

New proposed legislation will make it easier for workers to move to Ontario.

If the Ontario Labour Mobility Act, 2009, is passed, workers certified in any Canadian province or territory would be eligible for the same certification in Ontario without additional training or testing.

"More Canadian workers would be free to move to find work where opportunities exist or where their skills are needed. Ontario employers would have a broader pool of qualified candidates and enjoy a simpler process for hiring workers from other parts of Canada," said John Milloy, minister of training, colleges and universities.

Earlier this year, all provinces and territories agreed to eliminate the barriers that prevent certified workers from moving between jurisdictions to work.

In 2006, Alberta and B.C. enacted the Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) to eradicate interprovincial trade barriers between the two provinces. Since then, it has created full labour mobility for more than 100 regulated occupations between Alberta and B.C. and served as the catalyst to full, national labour mobility.

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