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Ontario PM vows to scrap equal pay, minimum wage law

Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced earlier this month plans [1] to scrap labor reform legislation passed last year that raised the province’s minimum wage and mandated equal pay for temporary workers [2].

Key provisions of the bill went into effect April 1. The minimum wage was raised to $14 an hour from $11.60 earlier this year and set to climb to $15 in January. Ford announced to the legislature that the minimum wage would be held at $14 per hour and the rest of the bill would be eliminated [3].

Ford, a progressive conservative, became premier in June. Bill 148 was passed last year under the liberal party. Ford claims the bill has cost Ontario¬†60,000 jobs. However, the Ottowa Sun reports employment overall between the bill’s passage and this past August has grown to 8.4 million [3] jobs from 8.2 million.