Canada's largest province to raise minimum wage to C$15

Premier Kathleen Wynne hopes to strike a balance in proposed workplace reforms to ensure they are acceptable to both employees and employers. The measures are not expected to be introduced in the legislature until the fall

The minimum wage will jump from $11.40 an hour to $14 next year and $15 in 2019, says Premier Kathleen Wynne.

Premier Kathleen Wynne and Labour Minister Kevin Flynn are scheduled to detail the changes after receiving recommendations last week of a government-commissioned report aimed at creating better workplaces.

Ten per cent of Ontario workers now make the minimum wage, Wynne said, and 30 per cent make less than $15 an hour.

Naureen Rizvi, Ontario Regional Director present for today's announcement, expressed that Unifor is also heartened that the government has recognized that both good jobs and strong businesses are essential for a thriving economy and part of creating decent work for Ontarians.

The Keep Ontario Working Coalition, formed in response to the proposed labour law changes, warned the changes will lead to "unintended consequences, including job losses, rising consumer costs, and economic hardship".

It will rise from $11.40 now to $11.60 in October.

The minimum wage would go up in phases, from $11.40 an hour now to $11.60 in October.

"This is not the time for government to brush aside your struggles and cling to the status quo", Wynne said during remarks at a question and answer event Tuesday.

Ontario is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019, ensuring equal pay for part-time workers, and introducing paid sick days.

Serving wage, now set at $9.90 per hour, will rise to $13.05 per hour by 2019. "The government has demonstrated that it has heard the concerns of Ontario's most vulnerable workers and is now committed to taking action".

Workers will also have the right to 10 emergency days annually, two of which must be paid.

"Our plan takes dead aim at the challenges that confront us in this new, uncertain world", she said, citing the Liberals' pharmacare plan, a basic income pilot project, 100,000 new child-care spaces, and a plan to cool the housing market.

Speaking to reporters at the National Assembly, Couillard contended that, even without a wage hike, Quebec's "redistributive policies" make the province more advantageous than Ontario for families earning less than $130,000. This perhaps signals a shift for the Liberals: with support for left-wing progressivism on the rise-the Democratic Socialist Alliance has seen surging numbers among young people in the United States, for instance-their commitment to a $15 per hour minimum wage suggests that the Liberals are shifting left after an at-times tumultuous term in office.

"For instance, your employer will now be required to pay you three hours' wages if they cancel your shift with less than 48 hours' notice".

Wynne said: "The economy has changed".

Niehus says he doesn't buy the Chamber argument that prices will go up for consumers and that the wage hike will become meaningless, saying the price hike is a myth.

She's spending our money like a drunken sailor to win that election, although, as several of our readers have pointed out, that's an insult to drunken sailors because they spend their own money.

Minimum wage increases, therefore, should be implemented gradually and predictably, the opposite of what Wynne's doing.

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