Ontario will slash small business taxes and offer millions in incentives aimed at easing the transition to an increasing minimum wage as the province's Liberal government heads for a spring election.
Increase would be phased in gradually and would rise with inflation, as scheduled, from $11.40 currently to $11.60 in October, to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, 2018 and $15 the following year.
Municipality has more than 2,800 employees currently making less than $15 per hour
Minimum wage is currently set to rise from $11.60 in October to $14 in January, and $15 in 2019.
Ontario's third-largest grocery chain said it "will spare no effort" to manage higher labour costs.
Proposed legislation would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, require equal pay for part-time workers and expand personal emergency leave.
A public hearing provincial bill that would increase Ontario’s minimum hourly wage to $15 by 2019 was held in Ottawa on Wednesday.
Ontario's bid to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour – a move that is feared by businesses but has the support of some prominent economists – is being put to the public this week.
Business advocates say Wynne is ‘broadsiding small business owners’