Bill 148 Updates


#MyChamber Update on Bill 148


Bill 148 is now in effect. Click here for FAQ about Bill 148.
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Click here for the full list of proposed changes from the province.


  • November 27, 2017: Bill 148 passes its third and final reading
  • October 26, 2017: HHCC releases a handbook to help businesses prepare for Bill 148. Click here for a copy of the handbook.
  • September 27, 2017: Two final reports are released. One is the final report on the Economic Impact Analysis completed by CANCEA and peer-reviewed. Click here for details. Contact us to request a copy of the final report. The second report was put together by the Keep Ontario Working Coalition which showcases testimonials from employers about how they will be impacted by the changes. Click here for the Flip Side of Fair report.
  • August 14, 2017: HHCC releases results of Economic Impact Analysis. Click here for details.
  • July 20, 2017: HHCC sends submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs urging the reconsideration of the pace of implementation. Click here to read the letter.
  • The Ontario Chamber of Commerce made a presentation to the Standing Committee. Click here to read what was said.
  • July 10, 2017: HHCC lends its support for an Open Letter to the Premier by the Keep Ontario Working Coalition. Click here to read the press release.
  • June 1, 2017: Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act is introduced proposing a list of changes to the Labour Relations Act and Employment Standards Act. Click here to see the initial release from the Province
  • May 31, 2017 Premier Kathleen Wynne announces that the province would be increasing the minimum wage from $11.60 to $14 an hour on January 1, 2018 and to $15 an hour on January 1, 2019.
  • May 31, 2017: The Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce sends out a press release saying local businesses are tapped out. Click here to read the press release.
  • May 15, 2017: The Chamber Network releases a statement against the potential reforms. Click here to read the press release.
  • The Keep Ontario Working Coalition calls 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.
  • Mid-May, 2017: The Final Report on the Changing Workplaces Review is released. The Chamber Network was involved in this process – click here to see their statement on the Review.
  • February 2015: The Ministry of Labour initiates the Changing Workplaces Review with the Minister stating: The Changing Workplaces Review will consider the broader issues affecting the workplace and assess how the current labour and employment law framework addresses these trends and issues with a focus on the LRA and the ESA. In particular, the Special Advisors will seek to determine what changes, if any, should be made to the legislation in light of the changing nature of the workforce, the workplace, and the economy itself, particularly in light of relevant trends and factors operating on our society, including globalization, trade liberalization, technological change, the growth of the service sector, and changes in the prevalence and characteristics of standard employment relationships.

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