Labour Relations and Employment Standards Changes Too Much, Too Fast

UPDATE: On July 20, 2017 the Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce sent a submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs with regard to Bill 148 and the proposed changes to the Employment Standards and Labour Relations Act. The letter, signed by Chamber President Richard Wannan, calls for the committee to reconsider the pace of implementation for some of the changes. It also provided quotes from local businesses who are concerned about the proposed changes, and asks them to take into account an economic impact analysis study currently underway as commissioned by the Keep Ontario Working Coalition.

Click here to read our submission.

Labour Relations and Employment Standards Changes Too Much, Too Fast

The Keep Ontario Working coalition calls for Ontario Government to give employers more time to adjust to sweeping reforms

 July 10, 2017: Today, the Keep Ontario Working group, a coalition of Ontario’s leading industry and sector associations, sent an open letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne which urges the Government of Ontario to slow down the implementation of Bill 148. The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act will bring about major changes in less than six months, and Ontario’s employer community is concerned that the pace of change will seriously injure our economic growth. The Keep Ontario Working coalition is calling on the provincial government to give businesses more time to better prepare.

In their letter, the Keep Ontario Working group calls on the government to consider the timing of implementation. As it stands now, Ontario’s minimum wage will increase by 32 per cent in only 18 months.

“To demonstrate true fairness and compassion for workers, we must ensure Ontario has a strong economy to help create jobs and increase economic growth,” said Karl Baldauf, Vice President of Policy and Government Relations at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and Spokesperson for the Keep Ontario Working Coalition. “To plan effectively and protect jobs, employers need predictability and time to adjust to these changes. There is no way to absorb and adjust to a 32 per cent hit in less than 18 months.”

The Keep Ontario Working coalition has commissioned its own an independent economic analysis to better understand the economic impact of these changes. The results of the coalition’s economic analysis will be shared this coming August.

Click here to read the open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne.

About the Keep Ontario Working Coalition

The Keep Ontario Working coalition (KOW) is a broad-spectrum group of business sector representatives concerned with sound public policy to help produce jobs and grow Ontario. For more information on the Keep Ontario Working coalition please visit


Media Contacts:


Autumn Wilson

Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce



Sydney Stonier

Ontario Chamber of Commerce


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