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Our Commitment to Safety, Ethics and Industry Best Practices

The Association of Canadian Search, Employment & Staffing Services (ACSESS) and its members are saddened to hear of yet another fatality at Fiera Bakery, an Ontario business in no way affiliated with any of our member firms. Our sympathy goes out to Enrico Miranda and his family. The number of tragedies at this company is inconceivable. 

We are deeply concerned about organizations that repeatedly hire fly-by-night staffing agencies that aren't committed to ensuring their candidates are properly trained and that their client companies follow best practices to maintain safe workplaces. Instead, these fly-by-night agencies prey on vulnerable, unskilled workers, giving them marginal training and minimal support, if any. Even though these organizations identify as temp or staffing agencies, their legal compliance, professional, ethical and safety standards fall exceedingly short of ACSESS members' practices.   

Ensuring the safety of those we serve is a top priority for ACSESS and its members. That’s why we’ve sponsored the WSIB Safety program since 2001 and achieved measurable results

While current and pending legislation across Canada strives to protect workers, we support and continually advocate for greater enforcement in several provinces. Should you hear of any ACSESS member who does not adhere to our code of ethics, please advise our Executive Director, Mary McIninch.

Working with our stakeholders and promoting leading practices, we will continue to raise the bar to protect our members' candidates/employees to ensure their safety and success in the workplace.

ACSESS News & Updates

ACSESS Working for You: October Highlight

As you know, ensuring the safety of those we serve, including workers, is a top priority for ACSESS and our members. Following the recent tragedy at Ontario business Fiera Foods and its ongoing contracts with fly-by-night non-ACSESS staffing agencies, our Executive Director, Mary McIninch, met with Ministry of Labour representatives to discuss this issue. 

At this meeting and in a follow-up submission she outlined concerns with fly-by-night staffing agencies that don’t commit to ensuring candidates are properly trained, ignore best practices to maintain safe workplaces and operate with minimal accountability. Mary also tabled recommendations to improve workplace safety and employment law compliance in Ontario.

We are optimistic that Ontario will address this issue and implement changes that best serve employers, the staffing industry and our workforce.

ACSESS Working for You is a monthly feature that highlights the benefits ACSESS offers its members and their businesses.

ACSESS Presentation Centre

ACSESS has created a Presentation Centre to access educational content from leading experts who have contributed content at ACSESS events.

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ACSESS Government Relations Report

November 2019

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Meet our ACSESS Leaders: Sharlene Massie

Getting to know...Sharlene Massie, Founder and Visionary, About Staffing

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ACSESS Champion: Mike Russelo, Drakkar Logistics

Mike Russelo, Operations Manager at Drakkar Logistics, is a shining example of the growing opportunities within the Canadian trucking industry. Following in his father's more.

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