On November 6, 2014, the government passed Bill 18, Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014. The Bill amends a number of Ontario’s labour and employment statutes, with meaningful changes including:

• Expanding the definition of worker to ensure Occupational Health and Safety Act coverage for 
unpaid co-op students and other unpaid learners, which will give them protection under the OHSA 
such as the right to know about workplace hazards and the right to refuse unsafe work

• Holding temporary help agencies and their employer clients accountable for certain employment standards violations, such as failure to pay regular wages, overtime pay, and public holiday entitlements

• Expanding employment protections to cover all foreign employees who come to Ontario under 
an immigration or foreign temporary employee program

For access to Bill 18, please visit: Here 

AuthorLorenzo Somma