The Ontario Ministry of Labour announced that New Legislation Aims To Improve Public Protection And Safety. The legislation in question is the Regulatory Modernization Act, 2006 which "would enable staff from all 13 ministries and other agencies to share information and work together to ensure that businesses comply with provincial laws." Also have a read of Business Regulation and Compliance in Ontario. If passed the Act would:
- Allow ministries and other regulatory bodies to collect, use and share specific information for regulatory compliance purposes;
- Authorize field staff to notify another ministry if they observe something that is likely to be relevant to that ministry;
- Authorize ministers to create special teams of field staff from different ministries to work together on specific projects, such as targeting repeat violators or assisting small businesses;
- Authorize ministers to publish information about an organization's compliance record as a deterrent to repeat violations;
- Authorize prosecutors to request that a court consider relevant prior convictions in sentencing of a defendant (e.g. corporation, director, officer, owner, etc.);
- Require the court to provide reasons when it decides that a previous conviction does not justify a more severe penalty.
If passed, the Act would come into effect December 1, 2006.
This Act, if passed, would put an end to the speculation when answering the questions: "Are the various ministries talking?"