May 30, 2017

After many years of dedicated work by community members and organizations, including $15 and Fairness and Workers Action Centre, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that the Ontario government will make significant changes to Ontario workplaces including:

  • Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by January 1, 2019
  • Mandating equal pay for equal work for part-time, temporary, casual and seasonal employees
  • Expanding personal emergency leave to 10 days including a minimum of 2 paid days per year for all workers
  • Increasing vacation time to 3 weeks after an employee is employed 5 years with the same company
  • Requiring employees to be paid 3hrs of wages if their shift is cancelled less than 48 hours before their shift

This is a huge step in the right direction for addressing child and family poverty in the province and ensuring that work is a pathway out of poverty.

Read the Ontario government’s press release and further detailed information about the Fair Wages, Better Jobs Act.


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