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Quebec/Ottawa, May 16 (Canadian-Media): The Coalition Avenir Quebec (CAQ)'s plan to give newcomers stringent tests to prove their French speaking and conform to Quebec values was met with criticism, media reports said.
"We do not want to keep too many people who do not accept our language, our values and to participate in the workforce," Leader François Legault told Radio-Canada.
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The plan, laid out in an "orientation document" was made public this week and said that immigration candidates would receive a temporary three-year permit, referred to as a certificat d'accompagnement transitoire (CAT).
These candidates would reportedly be tested on their knowledge of French language to be eligible to apply for Canadian residency.
The CAQ's Justice Critic, Simon Jolin-Barrette, said the plan is designed to help people join Quebec society.
"All our plan is about is responsibility. We will help the immigrants to have a great integration here in Quebec," said Jolin-Barrette.
The CAQ said it would reportedly also like to reduce immigration to 40,000 people per year.
Legault said newcomers who are in Quebec and have been issued a transitionary certificate would need to meet three criteria within three years: pass a French test, pass a values test and show they are actively looking for a job.
"I think fundamentally what Mr. Legault is saying is that you must fear immigration and that's scary. On the contrary, Quebec and Canada were and are built on immigration and immigration is a good thing," said Quebec Immigration Minister David Heurtel
The aim is to be more selective, said Legualt in their choice of newcomers to ensure they speak French and can be integrated in the labour force and in its culture.
People in difficult circumstances, including parents of young children or those caring for ill loved ones would reportedly be given extensions.
But Newcomers who repeatedly fail the tests would not be eligible to apply for citizenship and be flagged at the federal level as living in Quebec without status.
"If the person does not want to learn French, they will not have their selection certificate, so they... become a person without status and it's up to the federal government to decide what to do with that person."
Describing this proposal impracticable, Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard said it treats immigrants as problems that need solving.
"This cannot work and it sends the wrong message," he said.
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Ottawa, May 7 (Canadian-Media): A review of the public holiday system under Part X of the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) will be conducted in 2018 by the Ministry of Labour, Ontario based on feedback and discussions with stakeholders, media reports said.
The review. the first comprehensive one in the province's labour and employment legislation in a generation, will form part of the Ontario government's on-going response to the Changing Workplaces Review (CWR),
“The Changing Workplaces Review was about bringing more fairness to workplaces in Ontario. Bill 148 is a reflection of that vision, with measures such as a $15 minimum wage, equal pay for equal work and paid sick days put in place in order to ensure that workers’ rights are always protected and that they are paid a decent wage. This review of the public holiday pay section of the Employment Standards Act is part of our overall commitment to address the realities of the modern workplace and create a fair society, ” Kevin Flynn, Ontario Minister of Labour said.
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Public holiday rules were the source of the most complaints under the ESA, found the CWRs, and these needed to be simplified.
The public holiday pay (PHP) formula was reportedly amended by the CWR which had helped inform the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (FWBJA) .
The government has made a new regulation, as an interim measure, O. Reg. 375/18, that reinstates the PHP formula that applied prior to the FWBJA for all employees.
The regulation will come into effect July 1, 2018.
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Ottawa, May 5 (Canadian-Media): Ontario has passed legislation to give consumers easier access to credit information and improve access to elevators, media reports said.
The new law will allow Ontario to become the first jurisdiction in the world to establish standards for elevator repair times and will give Ontario consumers the strongest rights in Canada over information held by consumer reporting agencies.
According to reports, Consumer Protection Ontario received from January 2015 to December 2017, approximately 2,000 complaints and inquiries about consumer reporting agencies.
"This new law will make life a little bit easier for people across the province. We heard from a lot of people during debate, and I want them all to know that we’re committed to continuing our work with them. I know we can count on them to continue to provide constructive feedback as regulations are developed," Tracy MacCharles, Ontario Minister of Government and Consumer Services
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The Access to Consumer Credit Reports and Elevator Availability Act will reportedly requires credit reporting agencies give access to consumers to their online credit reports and current credit score free of charge at least two times per year.
by credit reporting agencies should include the credit score in a consumer report given to third parties in the past 12 months.
In the event of an identity theft, credit freeze at the request of a consumer, should be implemented by credit reporting agencies
The province is also reducing elevator outages and improving access to elevators through enhanced enforcement of maintenance requirements.
All of the 19 recommendations proposed in the independent study by the Honourable J. Douglas Cunningham would be addressed by Ontario’s elevator action plan.
According to official reports, there are about 20,000 elevators in approximately 10,000 residential and institutional buildings in Ontario, including long-term care and retirement homes.
Each day approximately 655,000 elevator trips are taken on these elevators.
Ontario would reportedly also publish information about elevator performance to help consumers make better decisions before they rent or buy any place in the high rise building.
Creation of new standards for new high-rises, would also be considered, to ensure enough availability of elevators to adequately serve residents.
Public and businesses would be consulted by Ontario in the development of these standards.