Be aware of the employment news and ready for the legislation change
in Quebec and in Ontario.



Statutory general holiday:

Monday, May 20, is National Patriots’ Day, a statutory general holiday in Quebec.

Adoption of Bill 10, which amends the Pay Equity Act:

An Act to amend the Pay Equity Act to improve the assessment of the maintenance of pay equity, Bill 10, was passed on April 9th by the National Assembly.

The amendments to the Pay Equity Act make it possible to correct wage gaps and continue to fight against discrimination against persons who are traditionally and predominantly female. They also help to better support employers in the process of evaluating the maintenance of pay equity.

Minimum wage to increase May 1:

The government has announced an increase of $0.50 of the general minimum wage rate, making it $12.50 per hour as of May 1, 2019. This increase will benefit 288,200 employees.

This will increase the ratio between the minimum wage and the average hourly wage to 0.50 from 2019–2020. This is an annual increase in disposable income between $400 and $650, depending on the number of hours worked and the family situation of employees.



Public holiday:

Monday, May 20, is Victoria Day, a public holiday in Ontario.

Ontario’s government delivers simpler, faster, better services for Ontarians with new digital plan:

Ontario becomes first jurisdiction in Canada to bring government into the 21st century.

New digital practices and technologies adopted by Ontario’s government place people back at the centre of everything it does and make life easier for Ontarians, starting with a simpler, faster, and better delivery of services across the province. As part of the 2019 Budget, the government revealed its digital plan that includes, among other measures, the Simpler, Faster, Better Services Act, which if passed, will significantly improve how government works and the services it delivers to the people and businesses of Ontario.




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