Ontario passes labour reform legislation to introduce $15 minimum wage

By zaymalz malz

The Ontario government has finally passed its labour reform legislation, an act that will include the introduction of a $14 per hour minimum wage on 1 January 2018, followed by a further hike to $15 on 1 January 2019.

Currently at $11.60 an hour, the minimum wage will have risen almost 30% by the beginning of 2019.

See also:

The legislation, known as the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017, was passed despite significant controversy surrounding such a significant minimum wage hike.

Ontario’s Financial Accountability Office, an independent financial analytics firm, previously warned that this could lead to as many as 50,000 regional job losses.

Further, Canadian supermarket giants such as Metro and Loblaw reflect this, with both firms saying they are likely to incur a massive increase in expenses as a result of the rise in labour costs.

Loblaw has estimated that this could reach as much as $190mn for its own operations alone, something that may result in staff cuts to ensure profits margins are maintained.

Other features of the act include bringing Ontario’s vacation time in line with the national average, 3 hours payment for shifts being cancelled within 48 hours of the scheduled start time, and banning employers from requiring a doctors note for emergency leave.


Featured Articles

People Moves: Pinterest, Amazon, DocuSign, KFC, Walmart Ca.

Following a number of key executive step-downs at Amazon, Pinterest and DocuSign, new executives have been brought on board in this week’s people moves

Microsoft, McDonald’s latest firms to run civil rights audit

Microsoft and McDonald’s join Amazon, Citi, JPMorgan and others in conducting civil rights audits, as investor pressure to achieve racial equity mounts

Deep dive: Investment in carbon capture rises as CO2 spikes

Investment in carbon removal solutions and startups is heating up as fast as the planet, with Temasek and CEMEX Ventures the latest VCs to launch funds

Dialight envisions a safe industrial world with LED lights


Top 10: Tech, cyber, 5G, cloud speakers at TECH LIVE LONDON

Technology & AI

Eight big announcements made at Davos 2022, from ESG to tech