Liberals promise higher wages and protections for workers if elected
The Ontario Liberals unveiled their party platform ahead of the June election and aim to improve the lives of working people.
It is not surprising that all political parties in Ontario are considering changes to the minimum wage. The Liberals are no exception. If elected, they plan to raise the minimum wage to $16 an hour beginning January 1, 2023. The current minimum wage is expected to increase to $15.50 in October.
While $16 an hour is well below a living wage in big cities like Toronto, the Liberals are committed to introducing living wages by region. There is no official plan in place yet to raise the minimum wage to a living wage, but the party is committed to consulting with the appropriate groups to do so. You can find out what the living wage is in your area by visiting OntarioLivingWage.ca.
While the party plans to raise the minimum wage to $16 an hour, personal support workers will see their wages rise to $25 an hour under a Liberal government. The party also pledges to raise the salaries of other health care workers.
The Liberals also do not intend to content themselves with raising the minimum wage. They have pledged to introduce 10 paid sick days and introduce a pilot four-day work week program. They also pledged to ban the controversial practice of employers requiring a doctor’s note to prove illness.
The Liberals also pledge to protect gig workers by outlawing underpaid work and introducing equal pay for equal work. Along with additional protections, the Liberals plan to introduce benefits for all Ontario-based employees.