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Bill 148 - Dec 2017


Minimum Wages will increase 32 percent over the next 13 months as follows:

Current Rate
January 1, 2018
January 1, 2019
Liquor Servers
Students (under 18)

Note: After January 1, 2019, a further increase will affect the minimum wage and will be indexed to inflation. This amount will be announced in spring 2019, and will take effect on October 1, 2019.

Personal Emergency Leave – January 1, 2018

Employees are entitled up to Ten (10) days of personal emergency leave (PEL) per calendar year after one week of employment. The first two days must be paid at the regular rate.

PEL can be taken for:

  • A personal illness or medical emergency
  • The death, illness, injury or medical emergency of a family member or person the employee considers a family member.
  • An urgent matter concerning a family member or person an employee considers a family member.
  • As an employer, you are prohibted from requiring (but not necessarily requesting) medical certificates in relation to PEL, with negative implications for managing attendance and absenteeism.

Vacation – January 1, 2018

  • All employees who have worked with your company for at least five years will be entitled to three weeks vacation.
  • Vacation pay will be calculated at six (6) percent for employees who have five or more years with your company.

Substitute Public Holidays – January 1, 2018

  • Employees must be given with written notice of substitute public holidays. The notice must include the holiday on which the employee will work, the date of the day being substituted for the holiday, and the date on which the notice is provided to the employee.

Enforcement – January 1, 2018

  • The Ontario government will hire additional employment standards inspectors by 2020-2021 to ensure the new rules are followed.
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