In November 2021, the Ontario government passed the Working for Workers Act, 2021 (“Bill 27”), amending the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) to establish a new licensing regime for temporary help agencies (THAs) and recruiters. In 2023, the remaining details of this framework were released, set to be implemented in two distinct stages.
As your dedicated partners in risk management, PROLINK, ACSESS, and Hicks Morley are here to support you throughout this change and offer guidance on the government’s direction of the Bill.
In this report, discover:
- The amendments under Bill 27;
- The difference between a temporary help agency and a recruiter;
- The licensing process and application requirements;
- The appeals process in case your application is denied;
- What information will be included in the public record.
Disclaimer: At this time, this Insight Report reflects the amendments to the ESA and its regulations as of November 1, 2023. It does not reference any new announcements from the Ministry of Labour, including the delay in implementation from January 1, 2024 to July 1, 2024. ACSESS will continue to work closely with the Minister’s office on these amendments; ongoing discussions may lead to further changes in the future. We are closely monitoring these developments and will update the report once more information becomes available.