Bill 126 2006
An Act to provide for
a Job Protection Commissioner
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
Job Protection Commissioner
1. The Lieutenant Governor in Council may appoint a person to serve as Ontario's Job Protection Commissioner.
2. (1) The objects of the Job Protection Commissioner are,
(a) to seek to enhance the competitiveness and effectiveness of business enterprises and of Ontario's economy in general;
(b) to seek to prevent workplace closures and resulting job losses;
(c) to seek to mitigate the effects of job losses.
(2) The Job Protection Commissioner may carry out the objects described in subsection (1) by,
(a) conferring with business enterprises, employee groups, public bodies and other interested parties;
(b) promoting the development of economic plans for business enterprises and for sectors of Ontario's economy;
(c) making policy recommendations to the Executive Council, to ministers of the Crown, to Crown agencies and to municipalities;
(d) providing mediation services,
(i) to business enterprises, employee groups, financial institutions and other interested parties, to encourage co-operation,
(ii) to business enterprises and employee groups, to help them negotiate labour adjustment agreements and related agreements;
(e) encouraging business enterprises to obtain management consulting services and counselling services;
(f) taking any other steps he or she considers desirable.
3. This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.
4. The short title of this Act is the Job Protection Commissioner Act, 2006.
The Bill creates the office of Job Protection Commissioner for the objects of seeking to enhance the competitiveness and effectiveness of business enterprises and of Ontario's economy in general, seeking to prevent workplace closures and resulting job losses, and seeking to mitigate the effects of job losses. The Job Protection Commissioner would carry out these objects in a variety of ways, including conferring with business enterprises and employee groups, promoting the development of economic plans, making policy recommendations to various levels of government and providing mediation services.