Ontario to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour

Andrew Cummings
June 3, 2017

"I would suspect that in the very near future the cost of a cup of coffee, or a hamburger, or products that we purchase on a regular basis, . will increase", said Karl Baldauf, vice president, policy and government relations at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. For example, unions had pushed for shifts to be scheduled two weeks in advance, access to paid vacation to start sooner, and better paid time off for workers experiencing domestic violence.

"For instance, your employer will now be required to pay you three hours' wages if they cancel your shift with less than 48 hours' notice".

Canadian province Ontario is to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019. "Work has changed. It's time our laws and protections for workers changed too", said Wynne in a statement.

The minimum wage increase was the centrepiece of a slew of reforms Premier Kathleen Wynne revealed in a campaign-style setting, including ensuring equal pay for part-time workers, increasing vacation entitlements and expanding personal emergency leave.

"Right now, 10 per cent of workers in our province earn the minimum wage of $11.40".

Despite that, Ontario's private sector is still doing its part to support workers, the business coalition said.


Providing seven paid sick days for all workers separate from Personal Emergency Leave.

"And that is what we as a government will insist on from companies and other organizations doing business in our province".

ONTARIO announced on Tuesday that it is taking historic action to create more opportunity and security for workers with a plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs. Former finance minister Greg Sorbara said she should consider resigning for the good of the party.

There was "talk around the corridors" at Queen's Park Tuesday that the Liberal government might take the bill on the road over the summer for input from the public before passing it in the fall, but nothing had been confirmed, added Clark.

Extending successor rights to protect employees against losing their jobs and their union when a worksite changes hands, not only to the building services but also to all other contract service industries.

"Increasing the minimum wage will make a world of difference in millions of lives", she said.


"We've got a really good process. that actually depoliticizes the increases to the minimum wage", Wynne said on January 19.

Today's announcement was a response to the final report of the Changing Workplaces Review, ordered by the provincial liberals and conducted by special advisors Michael Mitchell and John Murray, over the course of two years.

In Ontario, the fight for a $15 minimum wage will soon become a reality.

"The economy has changed. I really don't know what's going to come out of his mouth tomorrow", said Flynn. Now it is only available to employees at companies with more than 50 people, but proposed legislation would ensure all employees in the province get 10 days per year, two of them paid, Wynne said.

- Newfoundland & Labrador: $10.75 rising to $11 on October 1, 2017.

Yukon: $11.32. Adjusted annually April 1 based on the consumer price index.


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