Nov 22, 2017
By Michael Kramer
Sweeping labour reforms have been passed in Ontario’s legislature.
Among the changes will be a minimum wage increase to 15 dollars an hour, which will be done in two steps.
The minimum wage — which is currently $11.60 an hour — will go up to 14 dollars an hour on January 1st, and up to 15 dollars in 2019.
The wage boost has proved largely popular in government polling – and with labour advocates – but business groups say it’s being brought in too quickly and will lead to job losses.
The legislation also mandates equal pay for part-time workers, increases vacation entitlements and expands personal emergency leave.