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Ontario Appoints New Fairness Commissioner

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Ontario Appoints New Fairness Commissioner

Grant Jameson to Help Modernize Agency and Ensure Fair Access to Professions and Trades

Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration

The province has appointed Grant Jameson as Ontario's new Fairness Commissioner for a two-year term.

As head of the Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC), Mr. Jameson will promote transparent, objective, impartial and fair registration practices in Ontario's regulated professions and compulsory trades. He will also modernize the OFC's approach to compliance oversight and reduce the burden on regulators.

Mr. Jameson is an Ottawa-based lawyer with more than 30 years of leadership experience. As an active member and participant in the activities of the Institute of Corporate Directors (Ottawa Chapter), he brings to the OFC significant governance experience, including membership on more than 20 boards, and serving as Chair on nine of them.

Ensuring fair access to professions and trades for qualified workers is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • The OFC is a provincial agency that is accountable to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.
  • The OFC was created by the Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act, 2006 to help ensure fair access to regulated professions and compulsory trades for everyone who is qualified, including people trained or educated outside of Ontario.
  • Ontario’s fair access legislation was the first of its kind in Canada and has been replicated in other jurisdictions.
  • Changes are being made to the OFC’s governance structure to better align it with other similarly-structured Ontario agencies and to improve its accountability.

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“Mr. Jameson's appointment as Ontario's Fairness Commissioner demonstrates the Province's clear commitment to ensuring Ontario's regulated professions and trades have registration practices that are transparent, objective, impartial and fair for everyone, regardless of where they were educated or trained.”

Laura Albanese

Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

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