Ford government to stop minimum wage increase in Ontario

Sep 26 2018, 5:40 pm

Premier Doug Ford’s government is halting the planned minimum wage increase that was scheduled to kick in on January 1, 2019, according to the Retail Council of Canada (RCC).

The RCC had previously called out Ford’s government to repeal Bill 148, known as the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, addressing its concerns with the bill which included the big cost to businesses.

In November 2017, the highly anticipated Bill 148 officially passed, a move that would bring fairness to Ontario workplaces and create more security and opportunity for vulnerable workers and their families.

The first changes to the Act would see the province’s minimum wage increase, first to $14 per hour on January 1, 2018, and then to $15 on January 1, 2019, followed by annual increases at the rate of inflation.

More to come. 

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