» Ontario Increasing Minimum Wage to Support Workers and Families
Ministry of Labour
Fourth Consecutive Annual Increase Provides Significant Boost to Take Home Pay
Ontario is continuing to boost income for workers across the province by increasing the general minimum wage for the fourth consecutive year, which will bring the wage up to $11.60 this fall.
Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn made the announcement today in Toronto. The increase announced today will come into effect on October 1, 2017, and continues the government's efforts to ensure more workers and their families are able to benefit from the province's growing economy. As a result, full-time minimum wage earners in Ontario are now taking home $2,782 more per year than they did just four years ago.
The increase builds on progress Ontario is already making to boost income for workers, including:
- Updating its Fair Wage Policy to ensure government contract workers continue to receive fair wages and benefits
- Reviewing pay equity legislation to help close the gender wage gap
- Moving forward with a basic income pilot, which will provide a minimum income level to help people meet their needs
- Implementing free tuition for more than 210,000 students and increasing supports for apprentices.
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» Federal Budget 2017 – Highlights That May Impact You
Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau released the Trudeau Government’s 2017 spring budget on Wednesday March 22nd . Here are some highlights:
- Morneau announced $950 million in funding for a small number of business-led innovation “superclusters” that have the potential to create jobs in the new economy.
- EI premiums will go up five cents per every $100 of earnings. EI benefits will become easier to access for new immigrants, young Canadians and those participating in retraining.
- Changes to employment insurance benefits will allow parents to receive parental benefits for up to 18 months, but at a lower rate.
- Effective immediately excise duty rates on alcohol products will be increased by 2% effective the day after Budget Day 2017 and that rates be automatically adjusted to the Consumer Price Index on April 1 of every year starting in 2018
- Budget proposes to provide an additional $7.8 million over two years, starting in 2017-18, to implement a new Global Talent Stream under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, as part of the Global Skills Strategy.
Click here to view the HAC Federal Budget Analysis:
Click here to view the Federal Budget 2017: Building a Strong Middle Class
» Important Legislation Update – WHMIS with GHS, Retraining Required
In 2015, Ontario amended the Occupational Health and Safety Act (OHSA) and the WHMIS Regulation to adopt new, international standards that are part of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). The changes reflect amendments to the federal Hazardous Products Act and new Hazardous Products Regulations. The new requirements came into effect July 1, 2016. There is a transition period – until December 1, 2018 – to phase out the old requirements. During the transition, both the old and the new requirements are in effect.
Please click here to download a free copy of ORHMA’s Understanding WHMIS. For more information on the requirements and changes from the Ministry of Labour, please click here.
» Community Accessibility Forums 2017
The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario will be presenting a series of nine regional forums for municipal Accessibility Advisory Committees (AACs) in spring 2017. As you know, in 2017, Ontario will commemorate its 150th anniversary. The theme of the forums is “Accessibility: Honouring the Past, Showcasing the Present and Inspiring the Future.”
The target audience for the forums are members of municipal AACs and municipal staff who work with and support these committees. As well, we hope to attract community organizations and businesses that provide services to or support people with disabilities.
The forums will provide a legislative update on the progress that the Ontario government is making in implementing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and making Ontario accessible. It will also give attendees the opportunity to network with their peers and colleagues.
Jim Kyte, a former National Hockey League player with a profound hearing disability, will be the keynote speaker. He is a noted motivational speaker and Dean of the School of Hospitality and Tourism at Algonquin College. Other accessibility champions will also share success stories and personal perspectives of accessibility.
Registration is now open. Click on the date below to register, or visit www.eventbrite.ca and search for “Accessibility Forum” in the city of your choice. Register soon, as spaces are limited.
April 19, 2017, London - Best Western Lamplighter Inn
April 26, 2017, Windsor - University of Windsor
May 3, 2017, Stoney Creek - Liuna Gardens
May 10, 2017, Sault Ste. Marie - Delta Sault Ste. Marie
May 17, 2017, Ottawa - Carleton University (bilingual)
May 23, 2017, Kitchener – Crowne Plaza
June 1, 2017, Toronto - Intercontinental Hotel
June 7, 2017, Sudbury - Radisson Sudbury Hotel
June 14, 2017, Thunder Bay - Victoria Inn
For more information on the forums and to register click here.
If you need help to register, please contact the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario at email@example.com; phone 1-866-515-2025, TTY 1-800-268-7095.
» Understanding & Complying with Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
If you have 1 – 49 Employees:
· Make your HR practices accessible
· Make your public information accessible when asked
· If you have 20+ employees, submit your accessibility compliance report by December 31, 2017
If you have 50+ Employees:
· Make new or redeveloped public spaces accessible.
· Submit your accessibility compliance report by December 31, 2017
Your accessibility compliance report will include yes/no questions about all requirements that are currently in effect for your organization.
Sign up for free, interactive webinars to learn more about accessibility and your requirements.
Learn more about your requirements at ontario.ca/accessibility
» City of Toronto invites residents to share their views on regulation of short-term accommodation rentals
The City of Toronto is considering regulations for short-term rental of accommodation in Toronto and is inviting members of the public to share their views at meetings on March 28 and April 12. Residents will also be able to fill out an online survey to provide their views on the proposed regulations.
The term "short-term rental" typically describes rentals that occur over a period of less than 30 days. Popular online platforms such as Airbnb, Homeaway and VRBO facilitate bookings and payments for short-term rentals.
The first consultation meeting will be held in the council chamber of North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 28.
The second consultation meeting will be held in Committee Room 2 at City Hall, 100 Queen St. W., from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12.
Key areas of discussion include quality of life (income/noise/safety), housing availability and affordability, economic development and tourism, and taxation.
Livestreaming of the April 12 meeting's proceedings will be available at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCch85CnI_WEYnicVpC22E0A.
A staff report with recommendations is expected to go to the City's Executive Committee for consideration in June.
More information about the review is available at http://www.toronto.ca/mlshaveyoursay and the survey will be available on that web page starting March 28.
This news release is also available on the City's website: http://bit.ly/2mYmGB3
» Ontario Appoints First Chief Investment Officer
Last week, Allen O’Dette was appointed the province’s first Chief Investment Officer. O’Dette was formerly the president and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. He also worked as a pharmaceutical executive. O’Dette will lead the province’s new Ontario Investment Office, which aims to streamline the process by which businesses apply for government investment. ORHMA has worked on common business issues and we look forward to working with him in his new role with the provincial government.
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» Experts urge Canada to expand high-heels debate beyond restaurant industry
The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER -- Servers clad in short skirts and stilettos could soon be a thing of the past, as British Columbia and Ontario take steps to ditch sexualized dress codes. But women in other industries can face unwritten expectations of lipstick and heels, say workplace equality experts.
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