April 18, 2018
Premier Kathleen Wynne introduced the Government Contract Wages Act, 2018 (the “Act”), on April 17, 2018. The proposed Act, if passed, would set minimum wages for workers in certain sectors under government contract.
If passed, the Act would update the existing Fair Wage Policy, last updated in 1995, and will apply to contracts with all government ministries, and with specified government agencies and Crown corporations. Highlights of the proposed changes contemplate the establishment of:
As proposed, the Fair Wage Policy wage schedules would be developed through consultation with partners and stakeholders, and the new wage requirements would only be applicable to new contracts.
It is important to underscore that these changes have not yet been passed into law, so it remains unclear which changes will ultimately be adopted and implemented by the Ontario government. Further updates and information will be provided as the Bill progresses. In the interim, if you have any questions about the potential implications of these proposed changes within your organization, please do not hesitate to contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer.