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in Quebec and in Ontario.



Minimum wage increase of $0.50 per hour for May 1st 2019:

The Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity announced an increase of $0.50 to the general minimum wage rate, increasing it $12.50 per hour as of May 1, 2019. This increase will benefit 288,200 employees.

Labor shortage: the Parti Québécois proposes 3 measures to promote the work of seniors:

The Parti Québécois proposes three measures to fight against the shortage of manpower:
  • Allow workers aged 65 and over to stop contributing to the Pension Plan.
  • Allow the postponement of the retirement pension until age 75.
  • Ensure that seniors are represented on the Labor Market Partners Commission.
Many regions of Quebec are currently facing two major challenges: the labor shortage and the ageing of the population.
After having looked at and analysed all the proposals made on this subject during the last election campaign, the Parti Québécois elected officials have identified three measures that can significantly and rapidly improve the situation.




Updated ESA poster now available:

The updated ESA Poster Version 8.0 is available for download on the Ministry of Labour website. The updated poster reflects changes made by the passing of Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018.
While this is the current requirement, Bill 66, An Act to restore Ontario’s competiveness by amending or repealing certain Acts, proposes to amend the Employment Standards Act and remove the requirement to post the poster in the workplace, among other changes. Bill 66 has not yet passed, as the Ontario Legislature does not resume work until February 19, 2019.

2019-2020 workplace inspection initiatives:

Each year, the ministry schedules inspection initiatives in specific sectors to raise awareness of hazards and increase compliance with the Occupational Health and Safety Act. The ministry has released its schedule of inspection initiatives for 2019–2020.


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