Ontario to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2019

Ontario to increase minimum wage to $15 an hour in 2019

"Fairness and decency must be the defining values of our workplaces", said Kevin Flynn, Ontario's labour minister.

Ontario, Canada's most populous province and industrial heartland, plans to raise its minimum wage to C$15 an hour by 2019, its premier said on Tuesday, putting it far above the national average.

The Changing Workplaces review concluded that new technology, a shrinking manufacturing sector and fewer union jobs, among other factors, have left approximately one-third of Ontario's 6.6 million workers vulnerable.

Half of Ontario's workforce between 25 and 64 is said to be now making less than $15 per hour, with most being women. "Now, it is up to the government to show workers in this province that they have heard them loud and clear, and that they are prepared to act", said Buckley.

Prohibiting replacement workers to make sure the law does not undercut workers who are fighting for decent work.

CBC News reports that the minimum wage across the country ranges from $10.72 per hour in Saskatchewan, $13 in Nunavut and $15 in Alberta, which does into effect in October 2018.

In a press release, the Wynne government says exports and business investments are increasing and the unemployment rate is at a 16-year low, but the nature of work has changed, leaving workers struggling to support their families on part-time, contract or minimum-wage work.

Legislating three weeks paid vacation for all Ontario workers upon employment. The cities of Seattle and San Francisco have already brought in $15.00 minimum wage rules for certain classes of workers. Employers will now be required to pay an employee three hours' wages if their shift is cancelled with less than 48 hours notice.

Personal emergency leave will be expanded to include an across-the-board minimum of at least two paid days per year for all workers.

It will also mandate equal pay for part-time, temporary, casual, and seasonal employees doing the same job as full-time employees.