Thank you to everyone who came out to our information session tonight and to our presenters.
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Click to download the Fact Sheet Provided by Randy Hillier’s office
The Smiths Falls & District Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Town of Smiths Falls and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce is pleased to host a special Town Hall meeting to discuss the Ontario Government’s proposed changes to work legislation that will affect all of us.
This evening will cover proposed changes to workplace legislation such as:
- Minimum Wage Increase
- Equal Pay regardless of Employment Status
- Equal Pay for Temp Help / Agency Workers
- Increased Vacation Leave/Pay after five years
- Public Holiday Pay
- Personal Leave Days
This is a free event, open to the public
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Smiths Falls Community Memorial Centre (upstairs at the arena) Special Guest Speaker: Karl Baldauf, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, will present on Bill 148 and the impact it has on businesses in Ontario.Learn how the changes to Ontario’s Employment & Labour Laws will impact business and how the Chamber network is advocating for you.These changes will impact wages (increasing the minimum wage), scheduling, temporary work, vacation time and more. This is a valuable opportunity to ask questions, get insight, and provide input on Bill 148.
- Andrew Howard of Howard, Kelford & Dixon will present on the legislation from a legal perspective.
- Representatives from the Ministry will be in attendance to record key discussion points, but will not be engaging the audience or answering question.
- MPP Randy Hillier will also be in attendance subject to the legislative agenda that day.
- A discussion will follow the presentation.
The Smiths Falls and District Chamber of Commerce, alongside the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and management-consulting firm, MNP, have released a comprehensive handbook (Steering Through Change) to help Ontario businesses navigate the new costs and regulations associated with Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act. The handbook provides a summary of the incoming changes, outlines the potential risks to business, and identifies strategies to help mitigate the impact.
From substantial increases to the minimum wage, new scheduling provisions, reforms to the collective bargaining process and dozens of other changes, Bill 148 will present many challenges for employers.
The handbook includes important insights into the legislation and offers practical solutions and strategies to support businesses through the initial changes. As the implementation dates draw closer, employers will be able to turn to this handbook to understand the legislation and navigate change.
MNP and the OCC will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, November 2 from 9:30-10:30 a.m. to discuss the handbook and go into further detail about the full slate of changes Bill 148 will implement. Join the webinar to learn more, click here to register!
The handbook provides a better understanding of how to manage and plan for Bill 148, should the legislation pass. However, there is still an opportunity to provide feedback on Bill 148 before it comes to a final vote. To date, the bill has passed the second reading and has now been referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Business owners are strongly encouraged to send written submissions to the Standing Committee including your thoughts and concerns regarding Bill 148.
You can e-mail your submission to the following address:
Eric Rennie, Clerk,