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What your government did for you this week

The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017

        This week, Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn, introduced legislation to create more opportunity and  security for  workers through a plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs, Over the past three years, Ontario’s economy has outperformed all G7 countries in terms of real GDP growth. While exports and business investments are increasing and the unemployment rate is at a 16-year low, the nature of work has changed. Many workers are struggling to support their  families on part-time, contract or minimum-wage work. The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 would:

  • Raise Ontario’s general minimum wage to $14 per hour on January 1, 2018, and then to $15 on January 1, 2019, followed by annual increases at the rate of inflation
  • Mandate equal pay for part-time, temporary, casual and seasonal employees doing the same job as full-time employees; and equal pay for temporary help agency employees doing the same job as permanent employees at the agencies’ client companies

To see what else The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act will do, visit www.labour.gov.on.ca

 

Fair Hydro Act Passed in Legislation

        Ontario passed legislation this week that will lower electricity bills by 25 per cent on average for all residential customers to provide significant rate relief and ensure greater fairness. The Fair Hydro Act, 2017 reduces electricity bills for all residential consumers and as many as half a million small businesses and farms, starting this summer. 

 

Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program (OMCC)

        This week, Ontario launched the new Ontario Municipal Commuter Cycling Program (OMCC). The province is investing $50 million this year from its carbon market to fund initiatives that support commuter cycling across the province. It will provide eligible municipalities with funding to build more bike lanes and other cycling infrastructure, or enhance existing infrastructure. 

 

Safe Access Zones

        This week, Attorney General , Yasir Naqvi announced that Ontario is taking steps to help protect    women who are seeking reproductive health care. In fall 2017, the province plans to introduce a bill that would, if passed, create “safe access zones” at specified health care facilities that offer women’s reproductive services. The zones would help ensure the safety and privacy of women, visitors and health care workers travelling to and from these facilities.  

 

Ontario Savings Bonds Now on Sale!

        Ontario Saving Bonds (OSBs) are now on sale until June 21, 2017 - a safe, secure, flexible   investment fully backed by the province. Funds raised through Ontario Savings Bonds support            infrastructure projects such as new hospitals, schools, roads and bridges. OSBs can be purchased in amounts starting from $100 up to $ 1million. 

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