I am writing to you to discuss our government's initiative to ensure that all of Ontario's residents are sharing in the economic prosperity our province is experiencing by ensuring all workers are earning a proper minimum wage and treated more fairly in the workplace.
I am pleased to announce that our government will be introducing legislation to increase the minimum wage to $14 an hour starting in 2018 and rising to $15 in 2019. This will be followed by annual increases tied to inflation.
These measures also will serve to protect workers by doing the following:
1) Mandating equal pay for casual and seasonal employees doing the same job as full time employees and equal pay for temporary help agency employees for doing the same job as permanent employees at the agencies' client companies.
2) Expand personal emergency leave to include an across the board minimum of at least two paid days per year for all workers.
3) Bring Ontario's vacation time in line with the national average by ensuring at least 3 weeks vacation after 5 years with same employer.
4) Make employee scheduling fairer, including requiring employees to be paid for 3 hours of work if their shift is cancelled within 48 hours of their start time.
All of these changes will ensure that Ontario's workers are paid fairly and treated fairly as well.
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