The Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce says it supports the Ford government’s move to freeze the Ontario minimum wage at $14 and roll back the previous Liberal government’s labour reforms.
“These changes are encouraging,” said president and CEO Shirley de Silva. “We see the corrective steps being proposed through the Making Ontario Open for Business (Act) as being a bold step toward creating a stronger and more prosperous province.”
Bill 148 had given all Ontario workers a minimum of two paid sick days and required employers to pay part-time and casual staff the same rate as full-time workers.
The new omnibus legislation scraps the two paid sick days, reduces emergency leave days, and eliminates pay equity for part-time and casual workers.
The Liberal bill was “too much, too fast,” de Silva said.
“It is now more critical than ever to create an economy that ensures both employers and employees are prepared for the labour market needs of tomorrow.”