Vacation
Proposed Changes
Ontario's Government has proposed raising the minimum vacation entitlement to three weeks for workers after five years with the same employer. Ontario’s employed community is broadly open to increasing vacation entitlement, but is concerned about the compounding costs that would be imposed by the sweeping changes outlined in the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs plan.
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What's this about?

The Ontario Government's Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs plan announced that after five years with the same employer, the minimum vacation entitlement for workers would rise to three weeks per year. The advisors recommend increasing vacation entitlement to three weeks after five years of employment with the same employer, and making a corresponding amendment to the vacation pay provisions (i.e. at least 6% vacation pay). The advisors suggest that compared to other Canadian provinces, Ontario has the least generous provisions with respect to vacation time and pay. Most other provinces and the federal jurisdiction start with 2 weeks of paid vacation, and increase it to 3 weeks after a certain period of employment, which ranges from 5 to 15 years.

Our RecommendationS

Ontario’s employed community is broadly open to increasing vacation entitlement to three weeks after five years of employment with the same employers.

However, all of the changes brought forward in the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs plan will have compounding costs that the government has not yet fully understood. That is why we have called on the government to conduct a comprehensive economic impact analysis. This analysis should have clear acceptability thresholds, and the reforms implemented should be limited to those that pass such thresholds or are being implemented with a commensurate economic offset measure, in order to help businesses transition into any regulatory changes.

Take Action Now
Your voice will make a difference. Please write to the Government of Ontario today and let them know that you're concerned about the potential impact of changes to our labour and employment laws. Send the letter below, or, for, more impact, you can edit and personalize it with a specific recommendation about contract work, scheduling, sectoral bargaining, or any other issue that will impact your business.