The government is reviewing Ontario’s labour laws for the first time in over a decade.

The Changing Workplaces Review involves public consultations on how the Labour Relations Act, 1995 and Employment Standards Act, 2000 could be amended to best protect workers.

report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives demonstrates that there is a growing reliance on low wage, precarious employment in Ontario. The report suggests that the province should raise the minimum wage, require employers to schedule more predictable work hours, set a higher standard for paid leave, and make it easier for low wage workers to unionize.

Health Providers Against Poverty members will be joining the Worker’s Action Centre and other allies at these consultations in cities across the province.

Read the Workers’ Action Centre report, Still Working on the Edge: Building Decent Jobs from the Ground Up, for an analysis of the current issues with the ESA and a full set of recommendations for change.

Andrew Pinto Changing Workplaces Review June 24 2015

Dr. Andrew Pinto, Family Physician and Public Health Researcher, speaking on behalf of HPAP at the Changing Workplaces Review consultation in Mississauga in June.