Retail Council of Canada Applauds Ontario Government’s Move to Revisit Labour Laws

Statement in Response to Provincial Government's Announcement on Revisions to Bill 148

TORONTO, Oct. 23, 2018 /CNW/ – Retail Council of Canada (RCC) issues the following statement in response to today’s Government of Ontario’s announcement about labour laws:

“In stark contrast to the previous Ontario Government’s sweeping labour reforms passed less than a year ago, we are pleased to see this government taking a responsible and sensible approach in reforming the effects of the flawed Bill 148.

From the outset, we have been clear that our position was never to oppose a minimum wage increase – everyone deserves a decent wage. Our primary concern with Bill 148 was always the cumulative impact of its provisions, and the extraordinary pace at which they were implemented.

It is encouraging to see a government that has understood and acted upon the major pain-points of our industry; namely, in the areas of full-time/part-time work, public holiday pay, scheduling and leaves.

Tying future minimum wage increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) – the approach taken prior to Bill 148, and one long-advocated by RCC – provides employers with the predictability they require and ensures that employees’ wages keep up with price increases.

We are also glad to see that some very important provisions have remained, such as guaranteeing time off for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, and ensuring at least 3 weeks’ vacation for longer-term employees.

These proposed labour law changes will ensure that Ontario’s retail industry remains vibrant, and protects employment in our sector.”

About Retail Council of Canada

Retail is Canada’s largest employer with 2.1 million Canadians working in our industry. The sector annually generates over $76 billion in wages and employee benefits. Core retail sales (excluding vehicles and gasoline) were $369 billion in 2017. Retail Council of Canada (RCC) members represent more than two thirds of retail sales in the country. RCC is a not-for-profit, industry-funded association that represents small, medium and large retail businesses in every community across the country. As the Voice of Retail™ in Canada, we proudly represent more than 45,000 storefronts in all retail formats, including department, grocery, specialty, discount, independent retailers and online merchants.

SOURCE Retail Council of Canada

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