Current Government Relations Report
May 2022 Report
A primary objective of ACSESS is to actively represent the industry and our membership before governments by providing input on employment legislation and regulations at the national and provincial levels. At the same time, ACSESS assumes a leadership role in ensuring that industry members are aware of legislation and regulatory changes which may affect their businesses and responsibilities as employers.
Since our last report to members, ACSESS continued to make our industry's views known across a wide range of policy issues. We have represented members on several public policy fronts, including rate reform consultations, employment standards and federal procurement. Since our last report, our focus has been on new Registry and Licensing requirements, federal procurement and new obligations for staffing firms in the province of Quebec.
In Ontario, the WSIB announced a relaunch of consultations on the new rate framework for staffing firms. Following committee meetings later this month, ACSESS will be responding with industry submissions. The government passed Bill 27 (Working for Workers Act) introducing significant changes to workplace laws. The most significant industry specific include the adoption of new licensing requirements for staffing firms to take effect in 2023. Following the June provincial election, ACSESS will resume consultations with Ministry staff on the regulations. The regulations will include new penalties on firms that violate basic safety and employment standards, posting of a surety bond and new vetting requirements prior to the issuance of a license.
As part of its mandate, ACSESS has long supported and advocated for initiatives to ensure that all temporary help agencies (THAs) comply with their legal obligations. This creates a level playing field for ACSESS member agencies and results in a fairer industry for THAs, their clients and assignment employees alike. The provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Quebec and Nova Scotia currently have licensing requirements and ACSESS works closely with provincial ministries on all issues related to industry practices.
Consistent with this longstanding position, ACSESS supports the creation of a licensing regime for THAs, provided that the government is committed to investing the resources needed to ensure that any such regime is meaningful and effective in achieving its goals, which must include holding accountable unethical and illegal THAs that tarnish the reputation of the entire industry.
ACSESS continues to sponsor the Excellence program for the Staffing Services industry in partnership with WSIB. We are also exploring similar prevention initiatives in other provinces.
In the National Capital Region, ACSESS continues to work closely with PWGSC Acquisitions on the development of a national procurement strategy (2021/22).
In Quebec, the government adopted new requirements for the Attestation (Revenu Quebec) and the license issued by the Ministry of Labour (CNESST). Staffing firms in the province will now require appropriate clearance from Revenu Québec not only to obtain or renew a CNESST license but also to maintain the license. In order to alleviate the administrative burden on industry, staffing firms will no longer be required to provide a copy of the attestation to clients. While clients will still be required to ensure that the staffing firm has a license, they will not be required to verify attestation requirements.
ACSESS continues to assume a leadership role in ensuring that industry members are aware of legislative and regulatory changes which if implemented may affect their businesses.
Our national committee and sub committees continue to actively monitor legislative developments in all provinces on a wide range of industry specific policy issues.
For more information please contact Mary McIninch, Director of Government Relations at 905-826-6869 or email email@example.com
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