United Counties of Leeds and Grenville want employment standards act changes put on hold

June 27, 2017 by

MoneyThe United Counties of Leeds-Grenville Council is asking the Ontario Government to withdraw changes to the minimum wage and the Employment Standards Act until a comprehensive economic impact analysis is completed.

The Ontario government announced last month that the minimum wage will increase to $14 on January 1, 2018 and $15 the following year, a 31.5% increase.

A resolution from the Counties notes: “the speed of this increase is unprecedented in the Provincial Government and far above public sector increases allowed” by the province. It asks that the changes be withdrawn until such time they have done their due diligence by providing residents and small business owners of Ontario with an impact analysis, including mitigation measures in order to help businesses transition into any regulatory changes.

The resolution will be sent to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Honourable Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Minister Responsible for Small Business, the Honourable Eleanor McMahon, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, the Honourable Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour, and to the Association of Municipalities of Ontario.

“We need to know if the Premier has a plan to help small businesses,” said Robin Jones, Mayor of Westport and Warden of the United Counties. Ms. Jones put forth the motion, adding her municipality has many small businesses that may not be able to meet the changes. “We have to have something to help keep small businesses from going bankrupt,” she said.