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Changes made

The Ontario Government passed last November 22, 2018 the modifications it had proposed to the following Acts : Employment  Standards Act, 2000 ; Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Ontario Colleges of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009. 

Amendments include :

  • The minimum wage will remain at $14 / hour until 2020. Afterwards, the minimum wage will be revised once a year on October 1st to reflect annual inflation.
  • Personal emergency leave is repealed.  An employee is entitled to a maximum of three non-paid sick leave days per year further to having worked at least two consecutive weeks for the employer. Family responsability leave is available to workers who held a job for the employer for two consecutive weeks. In this case, the worker is entitled to a non-paid leave for a maximum of three days per year. Bereavement leave is available to employees who have been working without interruption for at least two weeks for the employer. The worker is then entitled to two non-paid days per year.
  • Any employee is entitled to three hours pay for any shift that is less than three hours, except in certain circumstances.
  • Journeyperson to apprentice ratio for all trades is set to one apprentice for each journeyperson.

Several other modifications were made to these three Acts. The text above is a brief excerpt. To read all the modifications, please visit the website of the Ontario Government by clicking here.


Expanded eligibility

The Canadian Government, through Employment and Social Development, has recently expanded eligibility for Canada Student Grants to facilitate a return to school or career development for anyone who wants to pursue their education.

Several scholarships are available, including a grant of $1600 per year for people returning to school full-time after more that 10 years in the labor market, or grants that are base on current income. You are invited to apply for the Canadian Student Grant that corresponds to your situation among those offered.

Read all the details about the different grants by clicking here to go on the government website.


Available for businesses

The Canadian Government, through Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, offers businesses the Strategic Innovation Fund which is aimed to support the industrial and technology sectors.

The fund includes four different streams of activities which are :

  • Stream 1: Encourage research and development (R&D) that will accelerate technology transfer and commercialization of innovative products, processes and services;
  • Stream 2: Facilitate the growth and expansion of firms in Canada;
  • Stream 3: Attract and retain large scale investments to Canada; and
  • Stream 4: Advance industrial research, development and technology demonstration through collaboration between academia, non-profit organizations and the private sector.

Read all the details about this fund by clicking here to go on the government website.

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Approach advocated by the Province

Following the legalization of cannabis by the Federal Government last October 17, the Ontario Ministry of Labour published a document aiming to provide the approach adopted by the province in regards to this legalization in an effort to ensure the safety of workers in their workplace throughout the Province.

The new Ontario rules deal with several aspects of the workplace. They are summerized as follows :

  1. Where smoking and vaping of medical and recreational cannabis is prohibited and permitted. In short, it is forbidden to smoke or vape in any enclosed public place or enclosed workplace. Some exceptions are provided for indoor rooms in certain specified residential facilities that also serve as enclosed workplaces.
  2. Zero tolerance for commercial drivers. This includes any vehicule requiring that the driver holds a Class A, B, C, D, E  of F license; A road-building machine such as bulldozers, graders, low-speed street sweepers, and other vehicules in this category; A vehicle that requires Commercial Vehicle Operator's Registration (CVOR) (for example, trucks with registered or actual weight greater than 4,500 kg or buses with a designed seating capacity of more than 10 passengers).
  3. Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA). This Act indicates that individuals who work while they are unable or unfit to do so may introduce a hazard to the workplace, to themselves and others, and workplace parties are required to address such hazards under the OHSA. It is stipulated in the Act that all parties involved are concerned, which includes constructor, employer, supervisor and the worker himself. The Act describes the general duties of all parties, including employers, supervisors and the workers themselves.

These points are excerpts from the document published by the Ontario Ministry of Labour, and are meant to be a brief summary of the new rules. The full document can be read by visiting the Ministry's website by clicking here.

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