Making Ontario Open for Business Act Will Get Government Out of the Way of the Job
October 25, 2018 - Elgin-Middlesex-London - Yesterday, the Ontario PC Government
announced that is taking concrete measures to help create and protect jobs in Ontario
by reducing the regulatory burden on Ontario businesses and workers.
The Making Ontario Open for Business Act will, if passed by Ontario's Legislature,
enable more Ontario employers to boost job creation and investment by cutting unnecessary
regulations that are inefficient, inflexible and out of date, while maintaining
standards to keep Ontarians safe and healthy.
The Act will also replace the Liberals' ideological minimum wage scheme with one
that remains at $14 per hour until 2020, at which point it will rise with inflation.
The Act will also replace the Liberals' disastrous Personal Emergency Leave rules
and instead ensure workers will be able to take up to three days for personal illness,
two for bereavement and three for family responsibilities while maintaining leave
provisions for victims of domestic or sexual violence.
The Act will also open up jobs for Ontarians interested in the skilled trades by
reducing journeyman-to-apprenticeship ratios at one-to-one and winding down the
complex, job-killing bureaucracy at the Ontario College of Trades. This will modernize
the apprenticeship system and address the backlog in the province's skilled trades.
"Today's announcement is an important step towards connecting trades apprentices
with the jobs that enrich our communities and drive the economy in this province,"
said Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London. "By cutting red tape, creating
new jobs, and stimulating new investment, we are ensuring that Ontario is open for
businesses now and into the future."
"Addressing the apprenticeship ratio to 1:1 is a critical and long overdue step,"
said Doug Tarry of Doug Tarry Homes, St. Thomas. "Our industry faces a desperate
shortage of workers, especially skilled trades, and the issue is worsening. Providing
a clear path and opportunity for our youth to enter the skilled trades will also
help to address the rising cost of home ownership by providing more workers who
will also be able to have an opportunity for home ownership for themselves and their
families. We greatly appreciate that the Ontario Government has listened to our
concerns as an industry and that they are addressing home ownership affordability."