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Important Update: Repeal of the Industrial Exception
The AG responded by extending the enforcement date by six months, to September 1, 2013. While this is a welcome delay, CME remains concerned that there is no justification for the change. The cost of implementing it, meanwhile, could be significant – particularly in light of the vague definition of what constitutes "engineering work" under the Act. As such, we are asking for a permanent stay of execution and a return to the status quo with respect to the Industrial Exception.
While we have made great progress in demonstrating these concerns to government, the restoration of the Industrial Exception will be significantly challenging, and continues to be vehemently opposed by the Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO).
Now, we need your help. On April 30, CME met with the Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG), the PEO and other stakeholders. The government has stated that they understand our concerns and want to find a speedy resolution to this issue. They have asked for companies to provide information regarding the impact of the repeal of the Industrial Exception. We have said that this will be a challenge given the uncertainty, but that we would make every effort to provide this information. Please let us know in either qualitative or quantitative terms, what you believe the impact of this change will be for your company, and send your comments to CME Ontario Director of Policy, Paul Clipsham, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please don't hesitate to let Paul or I know if you have any questions. Thank you for your ongoing support.
Vice President, CME Ontario
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters