Full Labour Mobility For Professions And Trades In Ontario
Labour Mobility under the 2009 Agreement on Internal Trade
In Ontario, changes to the Agreement on Internal Trade (AIT) apply to about 80 regulatory authorities and 300 occupations, including skilled trades. Dentists, architects, engineers, mechanics and plumbers are some of the professions and trades that will benefit from rules that make it easier to work in Ontario.
Provinces and territories can maintain additional requirements for occupations where it is necessary to protect health and safety or for consumer protection. Ontario has posted six exceptions to full labour mobility that cover dental hygienists, drinking water systems operators, public accountants, lawyers, registered practical nurses and social workers.
Labour Mobility and the Skilled Trades
The AIT supports the Red Seal Program as a model for achieving full mobility and national standards of excellence for training and certification in the skilled trades. Ontario's commitment to the Red Seal program is confirmed in the Ontario Labour Mobility Act, 2009.
The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program sets common standards across Canada for the skilled trades. These standards are developed and endorsed by industry. Workers with the Red Seal are highly employable because employers know they have the skills and knowledge to get the job done.
Under the AIT, workers with the Red Seal will continue to enjoy full labour mobility. Certified workers in non-Red Seal trades that have been matched across jurisdictions would also be entitled to full labour mobility.
Labour Mobility between Ontario and Quebec
In September, Ontario signed an economic development agreement with Quebec, reflecting the high level of commitment for greater co-operation in both provinces.
The agreement builds on the 2006 Construction Labour Mobility Agreement between the two provinces. Under the new agreement, both provinces agree to improve labour mobility for certified workers, similar to the approach set out in the AIT.
Labour mobility is part of the government's Open for Business strategy, which is an ongoing plan to make government faster and friendlier for families and businesses.