Breaking legislation to affect private-sector contractors

Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced that the province will be taking action

Breaking legislation to affect private-sector contractors

New legislation will come into play in Ontario which will ensure that employees working in construction, building cleaning and security jobs with the government will be paid the fair and prevailing wage in those sectors.

Premier Kathleen Wynne has announced that the province will be taking action to ensure fair wages are upheld by the government, under the proposed Government Contract Wages Act, 2018.

“Every worker deserves to be paid a fair wage,” explained Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario.

“And every business bidding for a government contract deserves a fair shot.

“We’re taking action so that employers won’t be able to win a competition by unfairly lowering workers’ wages. It’s just one of the ways we are standing up for workers in a rapidly changing economy. We know that a $15 minimum wage, compensation ranges on job postings and equal pay for equal work is the right thing to do for everyone in Ontario. All workers deserve to be compensated and treated well."

The legislation will build on the recent Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, which raised the minimum wage to $14 this year and again to $15 next year. The act also created up to five days of paid leave and up to 17 weeks of unpaid leave for survivors of gender-based violence.


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