• Content last reviewed: January 2015

Effective and responsive engagement is a vital part of achieving the Ministry of Labour’s (MOL) mission to advance safe, fair and harmonious workplace practices. As a ministry, we take seriously our responsibility to listen to and work with stakeholder groups. We recognize that the advice and support of stakeholders is essential if we are to develop and implement relevant, sustainable and practical policies and programs.

Engagement benefits the ministry by allowing us to address shortcomings in proposals, avoid unintended consequences and improve the quality of decision making by harnessing alternative perspectives and a broader evidence base. Engagement is also an important mechanism for raising awareness of the ministry’s activities amongst stakeholders, and for providing stakeholders with information on new policies or modifications to existing programs.

Engagement should be mutually beneficial to the ministry and our stakeholders. Stakeholders should have the opportunity to contribute their expertise and experience, have their issues heard and influence the decision-making process. Ideally, engagement should create opportunities for stakeholders and the ministry to draw on each other’s knowledge and capacity, and learn together through ongoing dialogue. Finally, ‘engaging for action’ by building partnerships with stakeholders is critical for improving outreach and achieving substantive change.

Who the Ministry Engages With

The ministry’s core stakeholder community are the workers and employers of Ontario. For the ministry to serve this core community, key stakeholder groups include the organizations and representatives of those who use our programs and services or are subject to our regulations, as well as all other groups who have an interest in helping to improve outcomes in Ontario workplaces. The range of stakeholders impacted by the ministry’s work is extensive, and includes (but is not limited to):

  • Business and industry groups
  • Community organizations
  • Education providers
  • Other Ontario ministries and other levels of government
  • Professional associations
  • Research community
  • Section 21 Committees and other Advisory Groups
  • Training providers
  • Unions/Labour organizations
  • Worker advocates

The ministry has established productive working relationships with stakeholders from all of these categories. Maintaining these connections is a central part of the ministry’s business, as these groups’ diverse knowledge and experiences contribute to better workplace outcomes. The ministry is also mindful that these groups are not homogenous, and that diverse views are often found within a single stakeholder category.

Formal Ministry of Labour Partners

In addition to frequent collaborations with stakeholders, the ministry has a number of formal partners. These include the six Health and Safety Associations and the ministry’s nine Agency partners, which all have statutory mandates that complement the ministry’s core goals. By working in a coordinated way with these partners, the ministry can better deliver on its mandate and accomplish much more than could be achieved in isolation.

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