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Ontario Liberals pass legislation to boost the minimum wage from $11.40 to $14 in 2018, and then $15 in 2019

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Ontario Liberals pass legislation to boost the minimum wage from $11.40 to $14 in 2018, and then $15 in 2019

Ontario passes labour-reform bill, $15 minimum wage looms
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report- ... e37049976/

What’s in Ontario’s massive new labour law? A minimum wage hike, but much, much more
Bill 148’s sweeping reforms will be felt by Ontario businesses of all sizes
http://business.financialpost.com/news/ ... -much-more


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https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark ... -cohn.html

Beyond the legal reforms, the Liberals plan on a major boost to the minimum wage starting this year, jumping from the current $11.40 an hour to as high as $15 when it is fully phased in. A wage hike was not part of the Changing Workplaces mandate, and is being announced separately — but it is very much linked to the reforms.

Flynn notes that any worker still judges his worth by his wage, no matter the working conditions. Back in 2014, the Liberals announced with great fanfare that they had come up with a new mechanism to set a fair base wage of $11 an hour, with regular adjustments for inflation, which would insulate the process from political pressures while putting Ontario ahead of the pack.
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I doubt it will ever happen. Big businesses will block it easily
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picard12 wrote:
May 18th, 2017 9:58 am
I doubt it will ever happen. Big businesses will block it easily
by lobbying?
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This will likely increase prices on goods and services for consumers. I have no problem with it, however most RFDer would. Other potential impact is more jobs outsourced

Many folks complain how expensive Australia is, which has one of the highest minimum wages in the world.
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Things are more expensive not due to min wage but because the managers still want annual positive bonus increases and the owners want another merc/yacht/gold plated toilets and shareholders want more $$$ to compete in the game of power/wealth/feeling good/competing with the joneses.

People can bend it all as they want but that is the truth. Once there are no "poor" left due to increasing economic disparity or no "poor countries" left due to the devastated biosphere, there will be no more grunts to do the dirty work. That is unless automation does it sooner.
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Crichtonfan wrote:
May 18th, 2017 12:26 pm
Things are more expensive not due to min wage but because the managers still want annual positive bonus increases and the owners want another merc/yacht/gold plated toilets and shareholders want more $$$ to compete in the game of power/wealth/feeling good/competing with the joneses.

People can bend it all as they want but that is the truth. Once there are no "poor" left due to increasing economic disparity or no "poor countries" left due to the devastated biosphere, there will be no more grunts to do the dirty work. That is unless automation does it sooner.
I agree with execs fattening their pockets. But to say wages don't have anything to do with COG increasing? Come on!!!
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McKinsey wrote:
May 18th, 2017 10:39 am
This will likely increase prices on goods and services for consumers. I have no problem with it, however most RFDer would. Other potential impact is more jobs outsourced

Many folks complain how expensive Australia is, which has one of the highest minimum wages in the world.
actually australia got other issues, because the same digital goods sold online is more in australia (even after fx)
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May 18th, 2017 2:00 pm
actually australia got other issues, because the same digital goods sold online is more in australia (even after fx)
True on that point. My original statement remains, any business owners/entrepreneurs (anyone that has an uncle that owns a restaurant etc..) will agree.
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I'm really not sure if this is a good thing or bad. On one hand, I do think everyone deserves a chance to make a decent living but I do think this will increase the price of some goods and services.

(e.g. Fast food restaurants would likely suffer - if all the staff are getting almost 50% raise, chances are, a BigMac will cost more. Retail is probably going to suffer as it's going to be more expensive to have staff waiting on customers and business owners are really going to start addressing staff idle time). Should someone at McDonald's make $15/hour to flip burgers or take orders? Should someone at Wal-Mart or at a grocery store make $15/hour to restock shelves or to push a broom.

I think this might also hurt people with special needs. These people might want to work but might not be able to perform as well or as fast as a "typical" employee. If minimum wage is low, employers might hire them to give them a chance and because it's not that much money and the work has to be done but if minimum wage is too high, the same employer might decide that unfortunately, the cost of that employee is just too high for the work that they're able to do ...
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thats cool, I guess we will see price of everything else double now
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Rising minimum wage will change nothing. Everything will become more expensive proportionally because of the higher wage shops have to pay. It's a double edge sword. I'm not an analyst so not sure exactly what impact will have but I doubt much will change.

Look at other places like Finland. Very high minimum wage, but very high taxes and living cost.
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useless bs from this so-called liberal $hit
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Messerschmitt wrote:
May 19th, 2017 3:28 pm
Rising minimum wage will change nothing. Everything will become more expensive proportionally because of the higher wage shops have to pay. It's a double edge sword. I'm not an analyst so not sure exactly what impact will have but I doubt much will change.

Look at other places like Finland. Very high minimum wage, but very high taxes and living cost.
Don't forget the people currently making $15 an hour; their waves aren't going increase as a result. Similarly, retirees aren't goung to find their savings correspondingly increase in value.

I think we can all agree that from a moral, ethical point of view everyone deserves a good wage, good healthcare, good housing and food, etc. However, fron a practical point of view it's not always possible.
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May 19th, 2017 3:32 pm
useless bs from this so-called liberal $hit
Actually, you can say shit now on RFD!

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