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Ontario Opens Its Doors To Labour Mobility

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Ontario Opens Its Doors To Labour Mobility

McGuinty Government Passes Legislation To Attract Skilled Workers

Ontario is taking further steps to strengthen the economy by opening provincial borders to workers.

The Ontario Labour Mobility Act, 2009, passed today, means workers certified in any Canadian province or territory can be employed in Ontario without additional training or testing. This applies to over 80 regulatory authorities and 300 occupations -- including dentists, architects, and mechanics.

All provinces and territories have agreed to eliminate barriers that prevent certified workers from choosing where to live and work.

Quick Facts

  • Exceptions have been granted for six occupations to protect public health and safety.
  • All provinces and the federal government endorsed changes to the Agreement on Internal Trade in January 2009 with a goal of creating full mobility across Canada. Amendments to the labour mobility chapter came into effect in August 2009.

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“Both workers and business are winners today. More workers are now free to move to find work where opportunities exist or where their skills are needed. Business can enjoy a simpler process for hiring qualified workers from other parts of Canada which can help them address critical skills shortages.”

John Milloy

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities

“Through the Ontario-Quebec construction labour mobility agreement, our two provinces have developed good working relationships and we continue working together for our mutual benefit. Increased labour mobility between all of the provinces, and in all trades and professions, will make Ontario more productive and competitive in the global market.”

Peter Fonseca

Minister of Labour



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