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  • Protecting Vulnerable Workers – MOL introduced Bill 18, the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014 which was passed November 20th, 2014. This Bill amends several pieces of legislation to better protect vulnerable workers and creates a level playing field for employers that follow the rules. These changes also support the government’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. The priority of protecting vulnerable workers is also supported by the Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan introduced by the government in March 2015. The goal is to combat and raise awareness of sexual violence, harassment and discrimination and improve support for victims. The plan is supported by several ministries, including the Ministry of Labour, which will do its part to protect workers in the workplace.
  • Promoting Occupational Health and Safety – The ministry will do this by enhancing the ministry’s prevention capacity to protect workers’ health and safety and lead workplace accident prevention efforts. As a first step, the ministry will work with the construction sector to develop an action plan.
  • Working with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB– In partnership with the WSIB , the ministry will work to ensure long-term sustainability of the province’s workers’ compensation system while balancing the interests of injured workers and employers.
  • Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace – On March 5th, 2015, the Minister of Labour hosted a very successful summit on work-related traumatic mental stress which brought together workers, employers, and experts from a wide range of sectors. More than 150 participants shared their experiences and workplace best practices in dealing with traumatic mental stress. Traumatic mental stress is a significant issue and MOL will continue discussions on how on best address it.
  • Collaborating on Collective Bargaining and Reform of the Interest Arbitration system – The ministry is building partnerships and working horizontally within government and the broader public sector to: improve collective bargaining processes and outcomes through rationalized bargaining models; and, to make more labour data and information available to bargaining parties to encourage better informed decision making.

The ministry will focus on these priorities in consultation with other ministries, stakeholders and the public to advance safe, fair and respectful workplace practices that are essential to the social and economic well-being of the people of Ontario.