Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark is encouraging area businesses with concerns about proposed changes to Ontario’s labour laws, including increasing Ontario’s minimum hourly wage to $15, to present at upcoming committee hearings. The Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs will hold two weeks of public hearings next month on Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017.
“I’ve heard from businesses of all sizes, in every corner of the riding, who are concerned about how this legislation will impact their operations,” said Steve. “It’s important that they appear before the committee and speak directly to MPPs at this point in the legislative process, before Bill 148 is debated in the Legislature for the first time this fall.”
Week one of the committee hearings will take place in Thunder Bay, North Bay, Ottawa, Kingston and Windsor-Essex during the week of July 10-14. Week two has hearings scheduled in London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara, Hamilton and Toronto between July 17 and 21.
Details of the time and location of the hearings are yet to be announced, but Steve stressed that it’s important to register to appear as a presenter now. Presenters can arrange to appear via teleconference.
The deadline to request a presentation during the first week, which includes hearings in Ottawa and Kingston, is 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4, and the deadline for week two is 10 a.m. on Monday, July 10.
To register, contact Eric Rennie, clerk of the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs by telephone at: 416-325-3506, fax: 416-325-3505, TTY: 416-325-3538 or email: [email protected].