[Toronto, July 05, 2023]
Alpha Resources Ltd, a leading provider of tailored staffing solutions in healthcare, community and supportive services, and hospitality sectors, proudly supports the new licensing regime under Ontario's Employment Standards Act for Temporary Help Agencies (THAs). This significant development is part of Ontario's Working for Workers Act, initially announced in 2021, and aims to enhance the rights and protection of workers in the province.
As a reputable and accredited staffing agency, Alpha Resources Ltd fully endorses the licensing framework, which will hold organizations in the industry accountable to their workers and ensure a high standard of human resource solutions in compliance with various local and national regulatory bodies such as the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA), Ontario Ministry of Finance (Tax Compliance Verification), Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development and Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. This new licensing requirement will be effective as of January 1, 2024, making it illegal for companies to engage with unlicensed businesses for staffing purposes. Companies will be able to search through a database of staffing agencies in order to find those that are licensed.
Under the new legislation, all Temporary Staffing Agencies in Ontario have until January 1, 2024 to obtain a license, with the implementation of the licensing regime starting from July 1, 2023. Agencies found operating without a license may face fines up to $50,000 or receive a “lifetime ban” for operating without a licence. Additionally, companies that utilize the services of unlicensed agencies will also be held liable, emphasizing the importance of partnering with licensed and reputable agencies.
Alpha Resources Ltd firmly supports the new licensing regime due to its potential benefits for both workers and the industry as a whole. This measure promotes better worker protection, fair competition and levels the playing field, bringing standardization to a sector that previously had minimal legislative oversight. By implementing this licensing framework, the government ensures that only qualified and reputable agencies can operate in the industry, fostering a safe and reliable work environment for workers.
"We are thrilled to witness the implementation of the new licensing regime for Temporary Help Agencies (THAs) in Ontario, which marks a significant step towards creating an accountable and transparent staffing industry in the province. This framework aligns perfectly with Alpha Resources Ltd.’s commitment to worker well-being and industry excellence. It brings standardization to a sector that often lacks oversight, ensuring that only licensed and reputable agencies can operate. By upholding these standards, we can provide our clients with the highest quality staffing solutions rooted in compassion, cultural sensitivity, and professionalism. This milestone not only protects workers' rights but also fosters a fair and transparent business environment. We are proud to support this initiative and contribute to a safer, fairer, and more accountable staffing industry in Ontario."
Carol Thompson, CEO, Alpha Resources Ltd.
In the sectors we serve, including healthcare and social support services, the well-being of vulnerable populations and clients is of utmost importance. Alpha Resources Ltd recognizes the significance of proper training for staff, enabling them to provide compassionate care and culturally appropriate approaches to clients. We have worked diligently to streamline our company's business and operational processes, ensuring that the staff we deploy to facilities receive the mandatory training and support.
With our extensive experience of over 13 years in the industry, Alpha Resources Ltd remains committed to upholding the highest standards of service delivery and worker protection. We are excited about the new licensing regime and are confident that it will enhance the quality of temporary staffing solutions in Ontario, benefiting workers, employers, and the communities we serve.
For more information on O. Reg. 99/23: LICENSING - TEMPORARY HELP AGENCIES AND RECRUITERS filed May 23, 2023, under Employment Standards Act, 2000, S.O. 2000, c. 41: https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r23099
For communication inquiries or further information, please contact:
Dr. Garfield Hunter,
Chief Operating Officer,
Alpha Resources Ltd.
Tel: (416) 514-0804
About Alpha Resources Ltd:
Alpha Resources Ltd is a leading provider of tailored staffing solutions in the healthcare, community and support services, and hospitality sectors. With over 13 years of experience, Alpha Resources Ltd prides itself on delivering high-quality, culturally appropriate staffing services while ensuring the protection and well-being of workers. The company is committed to compliance with various regulatory bodies and operates in accordance with the highest industry standards.