The minimum wage is a divisive subject in any country or province. One only has to look south to see that argument being played out in full force: 50 states, more than 30 unique minimum wage requirements, with some states offering 25 cents higher than the federal standard of $7.25 and others planning to offer $15 per hour within the next couple years.
For many Canadians, a $15 minimum wage isn’t years out. It’s today’s current rate, thanks to Bill 148, otherwise known as the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, which passed on November 22, 2017. What many may not know is that on October 23, 2018, Ontario put those plans on hold within their own province, repealing several components of Bill 148 via Bill 47, known as the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018.
The new law rolled back many of Bill 148’s provisions, including raising the minimum wage. Under Bill 47, there will be no increase to the minimum wage in Ontario until at least 2020.
Recently, TSheets by QuickBooks surveyed Canadians about the minimum wage, as well as other wage- and benefit-related issues. Among the fact that nearly 1 in 5 Ontario residents didn’t know Bill 148 was overturned, the survey revealed several other key findings.