The number of Ontario workers contacting the Minister of Labour’s Employment Standards hotline to ask about the minimum wage has doubled since the rate was increased to $14 an hour on January 1, 2018.
Documents from the Ministry of Labour shows the total number of calls specifically about the minimum wage more than doubled in January 2018 — after the new minimum wage took effect — compared to January of last year.
Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne reiterated the government’s commitment to fairness for workers and a $15 minimum wage in 2019 during a visit to a Toronto restaurant.
The increase in calls to the Employment Standards line demonstrates that the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act is having its intended effect and that there is a need for government to stand up for workers who are not receiving the fair treatment now mandated by law under Bill 148. That legislation became law in November and brought in improvements for workers including:
- A plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour on January 1, 2019
- Up to 17 weeks leave after a worker or their child has survived domestic or sexual violence, with the first five days being paid days of leave
- Ten days of personal emergency leave per calendar year for all workers, including two paid days
- A required three weeks annual paid vacation for all workers who have been with the same employer for five or more years
- Equal pay for part-time workers who do the same job as full-time workers.