Ontario Passes Fourth Working for Workers Act

Changes will improve cancer coverage for firefighters and strengthen wage protection for restaurant, hospitality, and service workers

Screenshot of David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development

TORONTO — David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, issued the following statement after the Working for Workers Four Act, 2023 received Royal Assent.

“By putting workers first, we are filling the labour shortage, incentivizing employers to create more local jobs and helping more workers land a better job with a bigger paycheque. With our fourth Working for Workers Act, we continue to lead the country in ground-breaking protections for workers, including:

To complement our new legislation, we are also launching consultations to identify legislative options to restrict the use of Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) in the settlement of cases of workplace sexual harassment, misconduct or violence, while protecting the rights of victims and survivors.

We will also consult on options to create a new, job-protected leave for critical illnesses (like cancer) to match the length of the 26-week federal Employment Insurance sickness benefits.

These changes expand on the historic measures in the Working for Workers Acts, 20212022 and 2023, which are helping millions of people in Ontario earn bigger paycheques and supporting newcomers in building the province.”

SOURCE Province of Ontario

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