It's here! CBC says $15-an-hour minimum wage to be law

Millions of Ontario's most vulnerable workers are getting a raise. "Work has changed. It's time our laws and protections for workers changed too", said Wynne in a statement. The Liberals are always happy to say they've found a "balanced" policy, and this is what that looks like: increasing the minimum wage while retaining a number of major exceptions to it.

The labour law changes are expected to help make work more stable and ensure equal pay for equal work.

Quebec: $10.75, rising to $11.25 per hour May 1. "It means a lot more people will be able to afford housing, which is one of the worst issues in our city right now", she said.

The proposed increase to minimum wages would mark an increase as high as 50 per cent above historical norms, should the wage be set at $15 per hour as proposed.

"I, quite frankly, worry about unintended consequences - about the government mandating a ($15) minimum wage". Central in the campaign is the demand for a $15 minimum wage for all workers, regardless of age, student status, job or area of work.

But Horwath accused the Liberals of cynical electioneering "for their own political fortunes".

Ms. Wynne highlighted three other key points.

The impact of the minimum wage increase can't be overstated (pro or con, both workers and businesses are going to have a lot to say), but the suite of other reforms are, collectively, more substantial than anything the Liberals have done in their almost 14 years in power, and will improve things significantly for many Ontario workers. "Small businesses, who don't share the larger profit margins of big business, will be forced to make hard choices".

Dias said that the union is thrilled that Ontario will be the second province in Canada to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. But Wynne says the Liberals plan to work with the business communities on measuring the impact of the changes.

She said today's $11.40 is just enough. "Fairness and decency must be the defining values of our workplaces".

"Workers deserve a degree of certainty, especially when you need these shifts in order to make it through the month", she said Tuesday.

"This is going to wreak havoc on small businesses in Ontario", he said.

Wynne is also hiking employer costs by giving workers more mandatory vacation time and two new paid sick days.

She also said the government did not account for changing consumer behaviour.

Currently, firms are only penalized if they cancel shifts after an employee has arrived for work.

Right now, there is no guaranteed paid leave for those coping with a family emergency.

Enforcement will also be strengthened, including the addition of 150 new workplace inspectors - doubling the Ministry of Labour's current complement.

"We will modernize the rules around creating a union". This positive economic activity by Ontario's private sector demonstrates a clear commitment to good jobs throughout our province, the coalition said.

That's because it's all part of an Ontario legislation called The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017.

That review by special advisers C. Michael Mitchell and John C. Murray made 173 recommendations on improving work conditions in Ontario.

Karl Baldauf with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce says he's "very concerned" about the initiatives Wynne outlined.

  • Zachary Reyes