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The Keep Ontario Working (KOW) Coalition released two major reports that broadly capture the challenges associated with Bill 148 and the concerns of the employer community. The first report is the final economic impact analysis of Bill 148 by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis’ (CANCEA), which was peer-reviewed by Professor Morley Gunderson of the University of Toronto. The second report titled, The Flip Side of "Fair," showcases testimonials from Ontario employers and outlines how they will be impacted by the legislation.Read More
The Ontario government has responded to the Special Advisor`s Changing Workplaces Review, with its Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs plan. The proposed plan commits to sweeping labour reforms that does not ensure protection against unintended consequences to our businesses and communities.
Ontario businesses are the lifeblood of our communities, creating local jobs and increasing economic growth around the province. The Government’s proposed reforms will create winners and losers amongst businesses and communities with job losses, increased costs to consumer goods, and economic hardship. This does not represent fairness.
To demonstrate true fairness and compassion for workers, the Government must ensure Ontario has a strong economy to help create jobs and increase economic growth.
Only three years ago, the Premier’s own Minimum Wage Advisory Panel conducted extensive research and concluded: ‘In the Canadian context, researchers have generally found an adverse employment effect of raising minimum wages especially for young workers’…typically those studies find that teen employment would drop by 3 to 6 per cent if the minimum wage is raised by 10 per cent.
The Keep Ontario Working Coalition is calling on the Ontario government to conduct an economic analysis to inhibit negative impacts on the growth of Ontario’s economy, our people, and our communities.
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