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PRESS RELEASE: Chamber Concerned About Impacts of Proposed Labour Reforms on Business, Jobs and Families

Plan does not fully consider the impacts of such broad changes on jobs, consumer costs and the economy
For Immediate Release May 30, 2017

THUNDER BAY – The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is expressing concern that the Ontario Government’s Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Plan does not fully consider the impacts of such broad changes on jobs, consumer costs and the economy.  The reforms outlined in the plan do not provide the balance needed to help ensure a competitive environment for Ontario.

Charla Robinson, President of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce says, “I’m extremely anxious about the unintended consequences of these proposals for local entrepreneurs and the jobs and services that they are working so hard to create and maintain in our city.  The changes proposed include minimum wage, scheduling, and sick days and will add significant costs to small businesses that are already struggling under rising costs of electricity, heating and transportation.”

“We have been a strong supporter of the need for annual increases to minimum wage to address increases in the cost of living, however, we are concerned that this new increase is too much too quickly for small businesses to adjust.”

“We believe that the Government should conduct a comprehensive economic impact analysis of the proposed package of changes as this is the only way to ensure that jobs and workers will be protected.”

Read the Ontario Government Media Release

Read the Ontario Government Backgrounder

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