Today, the Regulatory Modernization Act, 2007 (the “Act”), which was first introduced to the legislature in early 2006 by the Ministry of Labour, comes into force.
The purpose of the Act is to increase cooperation and information sharing between Ontario’s thirteen Ministries and Regulatory Agencies. Pursuant to this Act, Ontario’s Government Ministries may now share information that is collected during inspections or investigations, publish or make public information regarding companies that fail to comply with the Regulations, create teams comprised of inspectors or investigators from multiple Ministries or Regulatory Agencies, and increase penalties through relying on prosecutions under a statute other than the one applying to the alleged violation.
This Act is the first of its kind in North America to legislate such extensive coordination between government organizations and could have significant implications for employers who are repeatedly found in violation of Ontario’s labour and employment statutes.
A copy of the Regulatory Modernization Act, 2007 can be found at the link below.