Minimum wage has been a controversial subject since the former Liberal government passed Bill 148 (the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act which Premier Doug Ford recently pledged to repeal), an act that promised to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2015.
Now that plans to raise the wage from $14 to $15 come January have been scrapped, the newly elected PC government also says it will freeze minimum wage until 2020.
Calling the bill “burdensome,” “notorious” and a “job killer,” the provincial government says it’s planning to keep Ontario’s minimum wage at $14 an hour until 2020.
At that point, increases will be tied to inflation.
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Recently, Jim Wilson, Ontario’s Minister Responsible for Red Tape and Regulatory Burden Reduction, joined Laurie Scott, Minister of Labour and Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, announced a series of regulatory and legislative changes that, if passed by Ontario’s Legislature, will reportedly ease the hiring and job-seeking process.
According to the province, The Making Ontario Open for Business Act will “enable more Ontario employers to boost job creation and investment by cutting unnecessary regulations that are inefficient, inflexible and out of date, while maintaining standards to keep Ontarians safe and healthy.”
The government has also pledged to replace what it’s calling the previous government’s “disastrous” Personal Emergency Leave rules.
Instead, workers will be able to take up to three days for personal illness, two for bereavement and three for family responsibilities.
The province says current provisions for domestic and sexual violence leave will be maintained.