Ontario is creating more opportunity and security for workers through its plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs. This includes raising the minimum wage, ensuring part-time workers are paid the same hourly wage as full-time workers, introducing paid sick days for every worker, enabling at least three weeks' vacation after five years with the same employer and stepping up enforcement of employment laws.
The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 will:
To enforce these changes, the province is hiring up to 175 more employment standards officers. It is also launching a program to educate both employees and businesses about their rights and obligations under the Employment Standards Act, 2000.
Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes raising the minimum wage, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
" Our new legislation addresses the needs of the modern workplace and provides a minimum wage that workers can actually live on. The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act will help ensure everyone who works hard has the chance to reach their full potential and share in Ontario’s prosperity."
- Kevin Flynn
Minister of Labour
" The passing of Bill 148 is fantastic for people in Barrie and across Ontario. No one in Ontario should be living below the poverty line if they are working full-time hours. Our government believes that fairness and decency must define our workplaces. Bill 148 brings this fairness to all workers in Barrie and across Simcoe County."
- Ann Hoggarth
MPP for Barrie
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