The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 has been adopted on November 22. Thus, the general minimum wage in Ontario will be raised to $14/hour as of January 1, 2018 and $15/hour on January 1, 2019.
Further to the wage increase, the Act also includes other obligations, among which :
- Equal pay for part-time, temporary, casual and seasonal employees doing the same job as full-time employees.
- The right to 10 days for emergency leave per calendar year for each employee.
- The ban for employers from requiring a doctor's sick note from an employee taking personal emergency leave.
- Obligation to provide up to 17 weeks off without the fear of losing their job when a worker or their child has experienced or is threatened with domestic or sexual violence including paid leave for 5 days.
- Bring Ontario's vacation time in line with the national average by ensuring at least three weeks' vacation after five years for the same employer.
- Make employee scheduling fairer by requiring employees to be paid for three hours of work if their shift is cancelled within 48 hours of its scheduled start time.
Read the official press release informing of these changes by clicking here.