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Apr 12, 2017

The province has appointed Grant Jameson as Ontario's new Fairness Commissioner.

Read the full biography

Sep 23, 2016

The Office issues its 2015-2016 annual report.

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Jun 09, 2016

The government introduced legislation on June 8, 2016 that will amend the Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act.

Please click here for information on the proposed legislative amendments.

Jun 06, 2016

The office issues a newsletter: all online learning modules available, launch of third assessment cycle and 2015 Fair Registration Practices reports.

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Feb 02, 2016

The office issues a newsletter: publication of new resources, simplified Fair Registration Practices reporting and initiation of third assessment cycle.

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Nov 24, 2015

The Office issues its 2014-2015 annual report.

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Oct 07, 2015

The office issues a newsletter: New Training Options for Regulators, Results of an Employment Match Rates Study, Newly Appointed Interim Commissioner’s biography.

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Oct 07, 2015

The OFC publishes two articles in a special edition of the Canadian Public Policy journal.

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Jun 16, 2015

Policy and Program Adviser Required. Closing Date: 5:00 p.m., July 07, 2015

Read the job ad.

Jun 15, 2015

The office issues a newsletter: New Interim Commissioner’s biography, 2014 Fair Registration Practices Reports publication and Continuous Improvement Strategy updates.

Read the newsletter.

Feb 04, 2015

The office issues a newsletter: Cycle 2 assessment results and highlights from Transforming Access Forum.

Read the newsletter.

Feb 03, 2015

The OFC seeks a communications officer. Closing date: February 20, 2015

Read the job ad.

Nov 21, 2014

Where do internationally trained applicants come from?

Read the chart.

Nov 20, 2014

The office releases its 2013-14 annual report.

Read it here.

Sep 30, 2014

The office issues a newsletter: persistent problems and a call to action for government.

Read the newsletter.

Sep 25, 2014

The OFC is developing a new roster of auditors and requesting submissions from qualified people. Deadline extended to October 6, 2014.

Sep 16, 2014

The program and speakers are confirmed for the forum about transforming access to the professions and trades on November 21.

Sep 04, 2014

Occasionally the OFC has a regulatory body audited for compliance with the law. We are developing a new roster of auditors and requesting submissions from qualified people.

Aug 14, 2014

The OFC will host a forum about licensing internationally educated professionals and tradespeople.

Aug 14, 2014

The OFC has raised many issues with the Ontario government.

Read about them.

Jun 25, 2014

The OFC is developing open-access, interactive, free, online learning modules.

Learn more.

Jun 18, 2014

Commissioner Jean Augustine is honoured with an appointment to the Order of the British Empire.

See The Gazette.

Jun 02, 2014

Policy and Program Adviser Required. Closing Date: 5:00 p.m., June 20, 2014

May 30, 2014

The OFC is assessing regulators' licensing.

Read assessments published so far.

May 30, 2014

Regulators submit information about their licensing practices.

Read their 2013 reports.

Jan 21, 2014

Preparing for the Assessment Meeting

Download a new checklist for regulators.

Jan 14, 2014

The OFC publishes its plan to improve opportunities for people with disabilities.

Read the plan.

Dec 17, 2013

The OFC seeks a part-time communications officer. Closing date: January 10, 2014

Nov 15, 2013

The office releases research about academic requirements.

Read the study.

Oct 03, 2013

The office releases its 2012-13 annual report.

Read it here.

Sep 30, 2013

The office issues a newsletter about assessments of registration and the database of exemplary practices.

Read the newsletter.

Sep 30, 2013

Read new assessment reports.

Click on the professions that interest you.

Jul 25, 2013

2013-14 cycle of assessments of regulatory bodies:

See the schedule.

Jun 11, 2013

The office launches a database of exemplary licensing practices.

Check it out.

May 31, 2013

The office issues a newsletter about assessments, exemplary practices and other stories.

Read the newsletter.

May 06, 2013

Facts and statistics about licensing in 2012.

See details.

Apr 08, 2013

Starting today, the office oversees the registration of the Ontario College of Trades.

Read more.

Feb 12, 2013

Many regulators evaluate applicants' competencies.

Read about competency assessment.

Jan 16, 2013

The Office releases A Fair Way to Go.

Read details

Jan 16, 2013

News release.

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Nov 16, 2012

Jean Augustine lecture, 'International Credentials: Asset or Liability?', University of Toronto, Nov. 26, 2012.

Read details.

Nov 09, 2012

32 of 38 professions require applicants to pass exams.

Read about exams.

Nov 08, 2012

The Office is seeking a policy adviser. Closing date is November 22.

Sep 26, 2012

Fifteen regulatory bodies require Canadian work experience.

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Sep 24, 2012

The office issues a newsletter about recent immigration proposals and about Canadian work experience.

Read the newsletter.

Sep 21, 2012

The office voices concerns about federal initiatives to change immigration policies.

Aug 10, 2012

The office assesses the registration of the College of Nurses of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Aug 10, 2012

The office assesses the registration of the College of Respiratory Therapists of Ontario.

Read the summary

Jun 28, 2012

The office assesses the registration of the College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Jun 27, 2012

The office issues a newsletter about the commissioner's reappointment and about assessments.

Read the newsletter.

Jun 26, 2012

35 of 38 professions require academic credential assessment.

Read more.

May 03, 2012

The office assesses the registration of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Apr 13, 2012

The office assesses the registration of the College of Occupational Therapists of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Apr 05, 2012

The office assesses the registration practices of the College of Dental Technologists of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Apr 05, 2012

The office assesses the registration of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists.

Read the summary.

Apr 04, 2012

Fair Registration Practices Reports for 2011 are posted.

Read reports about regulatory bodies that interest you.

Mar 26, 2012

The Government of Ontario appoints a supervisor for the College of Denturists of Ontario.

Read more.

Mar 16, 2012

The office assesses the registration of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Mar 15, 2012

The Office is seeking a program adviser. Closing date is April 5.

Mar 07, 2012

The office assesses the registration of the Certified Management Accountants of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Mar 05, 2012

The office assesses the registration of the Ontario Professional Foresters Association.

Read the summary.

Feb 28, 2012

The Government of Ontario has reappointed the Hon. Jean Augustine, PC, CM, as Fairness Commissioner until March 2014.

Read her biography.

Feb 17, 2012

The office assesses the registration of the College of Medical Radiation Technologists of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Feb 16, 2012

The office assesses the registration of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.

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Feb 15, 2012

The office assesses the registration of Professional Engineers Ontario.

Read the summary.

Feb 15, 2012

The office assesses the registration of the College of Chiropodists of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Jan 31, 2012

The office issues a newsletter with early results of its assessments.

Read the newsletter

Jan 23, 2012

The office assesses the registration of the College of Medical Laboratory Technologists of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Jan 23, 2012

The office assesses the registration of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors.

Read the summary.

Jan 12, 2012

The office assesses the registration of the College of Early Childhood Educators of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Jan 10, 2012

The office assesses the registration of the College of Physiotherapists of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Jan 05, 2012

The office assesses the registration of the College of Midwives of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Dec 20, 2011

The office assesses the registration of the Ontario College of Teachers.

Read the summary.

Dec 20, 2011

The office assesses the registration of the College of Optometrists of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Dec 15, 2011

The office assesses the registration of the Royal College of Dental Surgeons.

Read the summary.

Dec 12, 2011

The office assesses the registration of the College of Dietitians of Ontario.

Read summary here.

Dec 05, 2011

Regulators reviewed their costs, decision-making and work experience requirements.

Read findings for non-health professions

Nov 22, 2011

The office assesses the registration of the Certified General Accountants of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Nov 14, 2011

The office assesses the registration of the lawyers, paralegals, architects and massage therapists.

Read the summaries.

Nov 07, 2011

The office assesses the registration of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Oct 25, 2011

The office assesses the registration of the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Oct 20, 2011

In four provinces, commissioners engage with self-regulated professions about licensing.

Read about them.

Sep 30, 2011

The office assesses the registration of the College of Opticians of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Sep 29, 2011

The office assesses the registration of the College of Psychologists of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Sep 29, 2011

The office issues a newsletter about its assessments and videos.

Read the newsletter

Sep 16, 2011

The office assesses the registration of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Sep 09, 2011

The office assesses the registration of the College of Chiropractors of Ontario.

Read the summary.

Sep 07, 2011

The office assesses the registration of the Ontario College of Pharmacists.

Read the summary.

Jul 29, 2011

The OFC encourages regulators to make their entry-to-practice reviews public.

Read the first reviews.

Jun 01, 2011

Commissioner Jean Augustine named one of the 'Top 25 Canadian Immigrants'

Read the story

May 31, 2011

The office issues a newsletter about its recent activities.

Read the newsletter

Apr 28, 2011

The Commissioner has issued a strategy to encourage continuous improvement.

Read the strategy.

Apr 27, 2011

The commissioner will present a webinar about collaboration with regulators. June 8, 2011, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Register for this CLEAR webinar.

Feb 03, 2011

The magazine of the Ontario Society of Medical Technologists publishes an article by the commissioner

Read Creating a welcoming and inclusive workplace.

Jan 31, 2011

Read the actions taken on the commissioner's recommendations, as of January 2011

Read the actions.

Jan 31, 2011

The office issues a newsletter about its recent activities.

Read the newsletter.

Jan 18, 2011

The Commissioner is preparing a strategy to encourage continuous improvement.

Encouraging Continuous Improvement.

Sep 30, 2010

The office issues a newsletter about its recent activities.

Read the newsletter.

Sep 30, 2010

Read the actions taken on the commissioner's recommendations, as of September 30, 2010

Read the actions

Sep 20, 2010

The Commissioner releases her 2009 - 2010 annual report.

Read the report.

Sep 03, 2010

Hon. Jean Augustine, PC, CM, receives the Order of Canada.

View a video.

Jul 09, 2010

More regulators have made their audit reports public.

May 26, 2010

The office issues a newsletter about its recent activities.

Read the newsletter.

May 21, 2010

2009 Fair Registration Practices Reports are posted.

Read the reports.

Mar 30, 2010

Fairness Commissioner releases recommendations for action.

Read the news release.

Feb 02, 2010

The Canadian Race Relations Foundation publishes interviews with Manitoba and Ontario fairness commissioners.

Read the article.

Jan 27, 2010

The office issues a newsletter about its recent activities.

Read the newsletter

Jan 07, 2010

The office has identified promising audit practices.

Nov 06, 2009

The OFC encourages regulators to make their audit reports public.

Sep 23, 2009

The office issues a newsletter about its recent activities.

Read the newsletter.

Aug 25, 2009

The office recognizes positive signs of change in its annual report for 2008-2009.

Read the news release.

Aug 19, 2009

The online survey about applicants' experiences has now closed.

Read about the study.

Jul 23, 2009

The Fairness Commissioner will take part in a web-based seminar entitled "Ensuring Fair Registration Practices" on October 21, 2009 at 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Eastern.

Jul 21, 2009

The office has extended its online survey of applicants to regulated professions to August 9, 2009.

Read the news release.

Jul 17, 2009

The office issues an entry-to-practice guide to help regulators review their registration requirements and practices.

View the guide...

May 27, 2009

The Ontario College of Pharmacists publishes an update on its proposed registration regulation.

Read the article in Pharmacy Connection

May 07, 2009

The office issues a news release about the applicants' survey.

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May 02, 2009

LEAD, the magazine of the HR firm Adecco, runs an interview with Fairness Commissioner Jean Augustine.

Read the Article

Apr 30, 2009

The office issues a newsletter about its new survey of applicants and other projects.

Read the newsletter...

Apr 21, 2009

The office hires three experts to write an instructional guide for regulatory bodies.

Read about the authors...

Mar 25, 2009

The office releases its Study of Qualifications Assessment Agencies.

Dec 19, 2008

The office has created a Starter Kit to help regulatory bodies conduct reviews of their registration requirements and licensing processes.

View the Starter Kit

Dec 16, 2008

The password-protected Fair Registration Practices Reporting Website is now available to regulatory bodies

View the website