Ontario is taking historic action to create more opportunity and security for workers with a plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs. This includes hiking the minimum wage, ensuring part-time workers are paid the same hourly wage as full-time workers, introducing paid sick days for every worker and stepping up enforcement of employment laws.
Today, MPPs are hosting a consultation session in Thunder Bay on the province’s proposed Bill 148, also known as the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017. In order to help develop this legislation, the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs is hearing from local residents and businesses in ten communities across Ontario throughout July.
Over the past three years, Ontario's economy has outperformed all G7 countries in terms of real GDP growth. While exports and business investments are increasing and the unemployment rate is at a 16-year low, the nature of work has changed. Many workers are struggling to support their families on part-time, contract or minimum-wage work. Government has a responsibility to address precarious employment and ensure Ontario workers are protected by updating the province's labour and employment laws.
Through a broad, inclusive consultation process, including engaging residents in Thunder Bay, the province will ensure proposed reforms give all workers the opportunity to succeed and get ahead.
Protecting workers and supporting business is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.
“Our Plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs is about addressing the issue of precarious employment, which is employment defined as having low wages and other features related to low job security. Studies consistently link precarious employment to negative physical and health outcomes. Our goal is to ensure people are treated fairly and given hope for a better future, and at the same time contribute to an even more prosperous Ontario economy.”
— Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan
"While some choose to put the bottom line ahead of people working hard to provide for their family, our government believes in protecting all citizens, creating better opportunities for all workers, and giving families hope and confidence about the future. Government must be a force for good. Our goal must be to build a society where fairness, opportunity and security are available to everyone."
— Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour
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