New Interim Commissioner
After seven years of leadership, Jean Augustine retired last March as Ontario’s Fairness Commissioner. Helen Angus was appointed as Ontario's Fairness Commissioner effective March 21, 2015, on an interim basis. Helen is currently Deputy Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade and Deputy Minister Responsible for Women's Issues and Seniors Affairs.
Most recently, Helen was Associate Deputy Minister for Policy and Transformation at the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). Earlier in 2014, she acted as MOHLTC interim deputy minister for five months, a role she carried in addition to her duties as head of the ministry's Transformation Secretariat.
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2014 Fair Registration Practices Reports
Regulatory bodies subject to the Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act, 2006 (FARPACTA) and the Regulated Health Professions Act, as amended, are required to prepare and submit Fair Registration Practices Reports (FRP) about their registration practices, including quantitative data about membership, applications and appeals. These reports have been submitted every year since 2008 by each regulatory body. The 2014 reports are now available on the OFC website for all professions and compulsory trades.
This year, the format has been modified to allow screen readers to read the full reports and ensure compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA).
Continuous Improvement Strategy Revised
Adhering to the continuous improvement approach that the OFC requires of regulators, the OFC regularly reviews and updates its own processes and procedures. After completing the Cycle 2 assessments, the OFC changed the assessment cycle to every three years from two. This will give regulatory bodies more time to implement improvements and show progress before the next cycle begins.
As such, the OFC has updated its continuous improvement strategy, as well as revising its approach to audits and entry-to-practice reviews.