• Government must act to end racism in children’s aid system

    … four in 10 children in the care of the Children’s Aid Society of Toronto are black in a city where only 8 per cent of children are. Worse, the problem is not just in Toronto, but throughout the province… Ontario’s children’s minister, Michael Coteau, refused to promise any funding to implement the report’s 18 important recommendations to address issues of racism in the system. This is unacceptable.

  • Ontario’s top priority

    Ontario has made a deliberate decision to invest in a high-skill, high-wage economy, and when you look at the numbers, you can see the benefits. Our unemployment rate is at an eight-year low of 6.4 per cent, and we recently announced that our economy posted stronger GDP growth than Canada, the United States and all other G7 countries. Ontario’s economy is growing faster than Michigan’s when you look at real GDP

  • How a ‘pay raise’ turned into a nasty pay cut

    It was a dream come true for PSWs, most of whom work long hours and at a job that paid just $12.50 an hour. Only a handful of full-time PSWs earn more than $30,000 a year. But that dream has turned into a nightmare as government health-care agencies force PSWs, who are paid by the hour and are not on a fixed salary, to spend less time with clients and have also reduced the number of clients they see.
    The result is that many PSW actually earn less money now than they did before they received the government-mandated “pay raise.”

  • University faculty urges government to keep pursuing fairness for contract faculty and precarious workers everywhere

    … the number of courses taught by contract faculty in Ontario has doubled since 2000. These talented scholars face job insecurity, unpredictable scheduling, unfair wages, and they lack access to benefits. The growth of precarious academic work has brought the need for stronger employment and labour laws into sharp focus. OCUFA has recommended that labour law be updated to ensure equal pay for work of equal value and equal access to benefits for contract workers, as well as require that all workers receive reasonable notice of their schedules.

  • Ontario’s labour ministry must ensure employees are paid what they are owed

    The ministry must stop depending on complaints from employees to enforce the act. Instead it should conduct more surprise inspections, which are more successful both at catching law-breaking employers and collecting unpaid wages… But still it sticks with its complaints driven process to enforce the act though it knows that even when individual employees file successful claims against employers about two-thirds of the companies still do not comply.

  • Wage-theft victims lost $28M to poor enforcement, statistics show

    Victims of wage theft across Ontario have lost out on $28 million over the past six years because the Ministry of Labour failed to collect the pay owed to them by law-breaking bosses, new statistics show. Just $19 million of the $47.5 million stolen from out-of-pocket workers since 2009 has ever been recovered… (Employment Standards Act) enforcement is still largely complaint driven but that many employees face barriers, like fear of retaliation, that inhibit them from making complaints

  • The Labour Market Agreements: What Did They Really Do?

    From 2008 until 2014, the federal government transferred funds through the Labour Market Agreements to the provinces and territories to support labour market programs and employment services for disadvantaged Canadians. In 2013, Ottawa unilaterally cancelled the Labour Market Agreements and replaced them (except in Québec) with Canada Job Fund Agreements. In doing so, Ottawa moved from helping the most disadvantaged to supporting employers to train their own employees.

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    Ontario at bottom for good jobs, social spending: Report

    Ontario now boasts the highest proportion of minimum wage workers in Canada and one of the worst rates of long-term unemployment in the country, according to a new report by an anti-poverty coalition representing 90 community and labour organizations across the province… The report shows that Ontarians now pay more for health-care expenses than any other province. Funding per student for post-secondary education is the lowest in the country. Wait times for affordable housing and long-term care are the longest nationwide, and child-care costs are the highest.

  • Hiring portal aims to connect once-homeless youth with job opportunities

    We asked ourselves how we could best use our combined assets to help more young people find employment… The result is HireUp – Canada’s first national hiring portal that connects employers with youth-serving organizations across Canada. Through the portal, Canadian employers gain access to the skills and talents of young people who have previously spent time on the streets and have now completed job skills training programs to fully prepare them for the workplace.

  • Closing the Gender Wage Gap

    The Gender Wage Gap Strategy Steering Committee… will examine how women are affected by the gender wage gap, at work, in their family, and in their community. They will assess how government, business, labour, other organizations, and individual leaders can work together to resolve issues that may cause the wage gap… The… Steering Committee has created two consultation papers… for organizations, and… for individuals… Public townhall sessions will be held across the province.