The Ontario government introduced sweeping labour reforms on Wednesday November 21st 2018. The new law will freeze the minimum wage at $14.00 per hour until 2020 and will cut 2 paid personal leave days for workers.
The change is intended to encourage job growth in the province of Ontario and reduce the burden of costs on businesses.
Originally, the minimum wage was set to rise to $15.00 in 2019 after an initial increase from $11.60 to $14.00 on January 1st 2018. Going forward, any future increases to the Ontario minimum wage will be tied to the rate of inflation. For now the minimum wage will remain at $14.00 until October 2020.
Additional changes introduced by the Conservative Government include:
• Workers earning less than $30,000 a year will be exempt from provincial income tax
• Workers earning above $38,000 will receive a tax cut
• Total personal leave days for workers will be reduced from 10 to 8
Regulations that will remain in place:
• Workers will be granted up to 10 days of leave if they or their child experience domestic or sexual violence
• Ontario workers are granted 3 weeks of paid vacation after 5 years of service