Ontario government freezes minimum wage hike as part of labour reforms rollback

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WATCH ABOVE: Doug Ford's PC government in Ontario has unveiled major changes, rolling back the reforms introduced by Kathleen Wynne's Liberal government. Mercedes Stephenson explains what's happening and why – Oct 23, 2018

TORONTO – Ontario will cap the province’s minimum wage at $14 an hour until 2020 as part of a rollback of labour reforms introduced by the previous Liberal government.

The Progressive Conservatives say businesses were hurt by the changes brought in by the previous regime.

Ontario’s minimum wage increased from $11.60 to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, and was set to rise to $15 an hour next year as a result of the Liberal law.

Economic Development Minister Jim Wilson says the province plans to link future increases to minimum wage to the rate of inflation.

READ MORE: Reality check: The math behind Doug Ford’s minimum wage plan

The government will also reduce the number of personal leave days currently provided to workers to eight from ten.

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Under the Tory government’s new labour legislation, workers will be entitled to three days off for personal illness, two day off for bereavement leave and three for family responsibilities.

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