Concerns And Resolutions


Federal, provincial and territorial governments are working hard to reduce or remove barriers to Labour Mobility in Canada. However, if certified workers have concerns about how their certification is being recognized in another province or territory, they should contact the Labour Mobility Coordinator for the province or territory where they are currently certified.

Resolving disputes

If you think that you may have been treated unfairly or if you have any concerns, the first step is to contact the labour mobility coordinator of your province or territory. If initial discussions among parties concerned do not resolve the complaint or dispute, the CFTA features a formal dispute resolution mechanism which can be found in Chapter 10 (Dispute Resolution Procedures) of the Agreement. Governments, individuals and the private sector can ultimately use this mechanism to resolve disputes in a cooperative and respectful way.

To date, two decisions have been made using this tool:

Panel Concerning the Dispute Between Mr. X, a Private Person from Quebec, and Ontario Regarding  a Crane Operator Certification

Panel Regarding the Dispute between Manitoba and Ontario Concerning Ontario’s Notice of Measure with respect to Public Accountants

These two dispute panel rulings re-affirm the strength of the Labour Mobility provisions: that the requirement for Labour Mobility is paramount and exceptions should be unusual and only posted when there is strong supporting evidence of significant deficiencies in skills, area of knowledge or ability of a worker to perform the scope of practice.

The LMWG was established by the Forum of Labour Market Ministers (FLMM). Labour Mobility Coordinators from all governments that signed the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) participate on the working group.