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Advertised Position Details

Posted Date: 07/07/2016
Agency Title: Office of the Fairness Commissioner
Position Title:
Part-Time Commissioner (The Fairness Commissioner)

The Government of Ontario seeks a Commissioner who will provide leadership and strategic direction to the Office of the Fairness Commissioner (the Agency).  The Agency was established as part of the government’s commitment to ensure that regulatory bodies have registration practices that are transparent, objective, impartial and fair in order to facilitate the integration of internationally trained professionals into the Ontario labour market.  

You will be accountable to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration for carrying out the mandate of the Agency and for carrying out all functions and responsibilities assigned to you under the Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act, 2006 (FARPACTA) and the Regulated Health Professions Act, 1991 (RHPA) including:
• Assessing registration practices and making independent and impartial decisions regarding compliance with the requirements set out in FARPACTA and the RHPA.
• Advising Government, regulated professions, compulsory trades and others with respect to matters under FARPACTA and the relevant provisions of the RHPA.
• Overseeing the audit process of fair registration practices of regulation professions and compulsory trades

In advancing the goal of fair registration practices in Ontario, you will be responsible for overseeing and implementing the Agency’s development of a modernized risk-based approach to compliance, based on well-defined compliance standards and for effectively engaging stakeholders, including government partners, to build confidence in and acceptance of the approach.

Serving in a leadership capacity, your direct report will be an Executive Director (or equivalent) who oversees the operations of the Agency and staff.

Your role as the Fairness Commissioner will include, but is not limited to:
• Providing leadership to the Agency, including setting its strategic directions, goals, objectives and processes required to advance  its mandate as defined by the governing legislation;
• Ensuring that the Agency carries out the responsibilities assigned under the governing legislation;
• Ensuring compliance with government accountability and governance requirements;
• Providing organizational leadership and ensuring professional development, including training on diversity, inclusion and current environmental influences, to foster excellence and better serve the people of Ontario;
• Carrying out effective public communications to foster understanding of the Agency’s objectives as its chief spokesperson.

To fulfil this provincially significant mandate, you possess an established track record of leadership as a senior executive.

You have an in-depth understanding of and demonstrated experience in:

  • Interpreting and applying legislation as it pertains to assessing compliance.
  • Making independent decisions in accordance with the principles of administrative law.
  • You have relevant knowledge and understanding of: the mandate of the Agency and its constituting legislation; the mandate, responsibilities and legislation governing Ontario’s regulatory bodies; barriers facing internationally trained applicants; and, best practices for improving access to regulated professions and compulsory trades.

    You are a dynamic, inclusive leader and communicator who can inspire collaboration, innovation and a shared vision.

    You have a strong understanding of agency governance including policies, procedures, protocols, and rules.

    The successful candidate will also possess:

  • An understanding of the Ontario Government’s agency accountability requirements, decision-making, operations and structure.
  • Demonstrated experience leading and achieving systemic change, as well as highly developed decision-making, negotiation, dispute resolution, collaboration, relationship building and management skills.
  • Demonstrated track record in change management, including organizational transformation, and implementing initiatives in a large public sector or equivalent organization.
  • A high level of inter-personal and communications skills with a demonstrated capacity to develop and maintain collaborative working relationships, both within the organization and with stakeholder groups, to achieve consensus and common understanding.
  • Terms:
    Appointment is by Order in Council for up to two years, and is subject to renewal for a maximum of 10 years.

    Location: Toronto, ON

    This is a part-time position that requires meetings and/or conferences with various stakeholders and some travel during and outside normal business hours. The maximum number of working days per year is 234.

    Candidates should consider their ability to make such a commitment as part of their decision to express their interest in this position.

    $627 per diem, as per the Agencies & Appointments Directive (ADD).

    Appointees are entitled to recover approved out of pocket expenses incurred in the performance of duties in accordance with the Province of Ontario’s Travel, Meal and Hospitality Expenses Directive.

    To learn more about the Office of the Fairness Commissioner, please visit

    The Office of the Fairness Commissioner is an equal opportunity organization. We will accommodate your needs under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

    Government appointees reflect the diversity of the people of Ontario and deliver services and decisions in a non-partisan, professional, ethical and competent manner with a commitment to the principles and values of public service.

    If appointed you will be subject to the Public Service of Ontario Act, 2006 and Conflict of Interest rules. Information is available on the Conflict of Interest Commissioner’s website: You may also be subject to other statutes, regulations, rules or directives that currently exist or may be established which are applicable to agencies, boards or commissions.

    All applications must quote the file number PAS-1688 and be received by the closing date. If not applying online, applications must be signed and received by email, fax, mail or hand delivery no later than August 5, 2016.

    Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All application forms quoting file number must be addressed to:
    Public Appointments Secretariat
    Room 2440, Whitney Block
    99 Wellesley St. West
    Toronto, Ontario M7A 1W4

    Fax: 416 327-2633

    Downloadable application form is available at

    Alternatively you can apply online