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

Ford government in Ontario rolls back reforms introduced by predecessor Wynne
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.

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.

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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.

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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.