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News » Canada » Ontario introduces minimum pay legislation for its construction projects » published 19 Apr 2018

Ontario introduces minimum pay legislation for its construction projects

New legislation being introduced in Ontario would, if passed, ensure that people working on government construction jobs are paid the fair, prevailing wage.

The legislation covers people working in construction, building cleaning or security jobs under contracts with the government.

The proposed Government Contract Wages Act, 2018, would allow Ontario to establish minimum rates of pay for workers in construction, building cleaning and security services work, requiring contractors and subcontractors to pay according to those rates. This fair wage policy would be enshrined in legislation.

The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, passed last fall, takes action to protect workers by measures including raising the minimum wage to CA$14 this year and again to CA$15 next year; ensuring equal pay for equal work for part-time, casual and seasonal workers performing substantially the same duties as full-time workers, as of 1 April; and mandating 10 days of emergency leave for all workers, including two paid days.

Ontario has also introduced the Women's Economic Empowerment Strategy, aimed at making workplaces fairer for all women.  



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This article was published on 19 Apr 2018 (last updated on 19 Apr 2018).

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