On October 23, 2018, the Government of Ontario’s announced Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018. The announcement included a near full repeal of Bill 148, dissolution of the Ontario College of Trades, and improvements to the journeyperson-to-apprentice ratio.
This is a huge advocacy win on behalf of our 60,000 members in 135 communities across the province. The OCC applauds the government for taking swift action to introduce many critical reforms that we have persistently advocated for on behalf of Ontario business.
What do these changes mean for Ontario business?
- Minimum wage paused at $14 per hour.
- Partial repeal of scheduling provisions.
- Removal of equal pay for equal work.
- Returning to previous calculation of public holiday pay.
- Return to previous union certification policies.
- Amended personal emergency leave.
- Maintain domestic or sexual violence leave.
- Maintain paid vacation expansion.
- Apprenticeship ratios set at 1:1.
- Dissolution of the Ontario College of Trades.
The OCC is encouraged by the labour market reforms announced today and looks forward to continuing to work with the Ontario government to support economic prosperity and business competitiveness across the province.
If you have any further questions please contact Daniel Safayeni, Director of Policy.