About the Commissioner
The Office of the Fairness Commissioner is an independent agency of the government of Ontario. Our goal is to make sure that people are treated fairly when they apply to become licensed professionals in one of Ontario's regulated professions, no matter where they were trained. This goal is widely supported in Ontario, and reflects the principles and core values of the people of this province.
Since 2007, the Office of the Fairness Commissioner has challenged both regulators and governments to address barriers to professional licensing, with qualified success.
Progress has not been uniform. Some regulators have made more improvements than others. All could do more to address ongoing challenges related to the complexity, length and cost of the licensing process. The provincial and federal governments also have an important role to play in promoting fair access.
In 2011-12, the OFC undertook the first comprehensive assessment of regulators' registration practices ever done in Canada.
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