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Bill 148 Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 Implementation Too Much Too Soon

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AJAX-PICKERING, ON, January 10, 2018 – With significant attention regarding the increase in minimum wage over the last week, the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade (APBOT) in alignment with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is reiterating concerns that the implementation of the Bill 148 Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 is too much too soon, and the Government of Ontario must take further action to mitigate the unintended negative consequences of the legislation.

In previous months, the OCC has forewarned that, “any objective analysis of these changes will lead to significant job loss, a 50 per cent increase in inflation over and above what would otherwise be expected in the next few years, and an acceleration toward automation.”

Since Bill 148 was introduced in June 2017, the Keep Ontario Working Coalition has called on the government to conduct an economic impact analysis to fully understand how the legislation will change Ontario’s economy. With the government unwilling to do so, a report was released in August representing the first and only independent economic impact analysis of this legislation.

“The study concluded that these vast, unprecedented reforms will put about 185,000 jobs at risk in the first two years, greatly impacting Ontario’s most vulnerable workers. This is a clear indication that the Government of Ontario must take further action to mitigate the unintended consequences of Bill 148,” said APBOT Executive Director, Chrystine Langille. “Our business community wholeheartedly supports the fair treatment of workers. However, the potential negative impacts of the higher labour costs imposed by the current legislation are destabilizing to businesses across our community, regardless of their size or sector.”

APBOT in partnership with the OCC will continue to call on government to provide offsets in the upcoming budget that will help employers manage this drastic increase in labour costs.

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Established in 1955, the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade (APBOT) is the voice of Business in Ajax and Pickering, ON. Our 700 members represent an array of business sectors and small to large organizations. APBOT is part of the nation-wide network of Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade as well as the Joint Chambers of Durham.

For more information, please contact:

Brooke Pollard, Policy & Communications Specialist, Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade

T: 905-686-0883 x 229 | E:

Sydney Stonier, Communications Specialist, Ontario Chamber of Commerce

T: 647-243-3561| E: