A $15 Minimum Wage and Fairer Workplaces

The minimum wage goes up to $15 an hour in January and our reforms have created fairer workplaces

In 2014, you elected us to build Ontario up. Today, Ontario’s economy is strong, leading the world’s strongest economic powers, including the US and Europe. Unemployment is at a 17-year low.

But we need to do more. Many Ontario workers are struggling to support themselves and their families on part-time, contract or minimum-wage work. And Ontario pension plan members need protection when employer insolvency threatens their retirement security.

That’s why the Ontario Liberals passed legislation to help hardworking Ontario workers and their families by ensuring our workplaces are fair and safe. We will also increase pension security for Ontario workers and ensure that worker safety is always paramount. Our plan:

  • Increased the minimum wage to $14 on January 1, 2018 and will increase it to $15 on January 1, 2019; future annual increases will be at the rate of inflation
  • Mandates equal pay for part-time, casual or seasonal workers doing the same job as full-time employees
  • Mandates equal pay for temporary help agency employees doing the same job as employees at the agencies’ clients
  • Expands personal emergency leave to 10 days per calendar year, two of which are paid
  • Increases minimum vacation time to three weeks after five years with the same employer
  • Allows an employee to take up to 17 weeks of leave, including five paid days, when the worker or their child has experienced or is threatened with domestic or sexual violence
  • Bans employers from requiring a physician’s sick note from an employee taking personal emergency leave
  • Makes 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
  • Establishes card-based union certification for industries with particularly vulnerable and disparate workforces
  • Creates a new Occupational Disease Response Plan
  • Guarantees injured workers’ benefits keep pace with the cost of living
  • Will review how mandatory Workplace Safety and Insurance Board coverage is determined and examine whether the current exclusions are appropriate
  • Removes secrecy in the hiring practices in the workplace with respect to gender and rates of pay
  • Enhanced worker safety with working-at-heights regulations and a new construction safety health and action plan
  • Establishes a fair wage policy, enshrined in legislation and with a robust enforcement mechanism, to ensure workers hired through government construction or building services contracts are paid a fair wage
  • Will strike a task force to review the federal government’s second parent leave policy and identify ways to build on it to make sure that parents can benefit from time with their newborn child and are able to share the care

Share the plan