Ontario’s minimum wage will go up to $15 an hour over a period of time, according to Premier Kathleen Wynne as reported by the Daily Hive Toronto recently.
Wynne said that the government is moving forward with a landmark package of measures, and that includes the following:
- Raising Ontario’s minimum wage 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.
- Mandating equal pay for part-time, temporary, casual and seasonal employees doing the same job as full-time employees; and equal pay for temporary help agency employees doing the same job as permanent employees at the agencies’ client companies.
- Expanding personal emergency leave to include an across-the-board minimum of at least two paid days per year for all workers.
- Bringing Ontario’s vacation time into line with the national average by ensuring at least three weeks’ vacation after five years with a company.
- Making employee scheduling fairer, including requiring employees to be paid for three hours of work if their shift is cancelled within 48 hours of its scheduled start time.