Bill 148 - Dec 2017

Posted Dec 6th, 2017 in News & Events

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Ontario’s “Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act” (Bill 148, 2017)

may impact your business effective January 1, 2018.

Minimum Wages will increase 32 percent over the next 13 months as follows:

Current Rate
January 1, 2018
January 1, 2019
Liquor Servers
Students (under 18)

Note: After January 1, 2019, a further increase will affect the minimum wage and will be indexed to inflation. This amount will be announced in spring 2019, and will take effect on October 1, 2019.

Personal Emergency Leave – January 1, 2018

Employees are entitled up to Ten (10) days of personal emergency leave (PEL) per calendar year after one week of employment. The first two days must be paid at the regular rate.

PEL can be taken for:

  • A personal illness or medical emergency
  • The death, illness, injury or medical emergency of a family member or person the employee considers a family member.
  • An urgent matter concerning a family member or person an employee considers a family member.
  • As an employer, you are not allowed to request a doctor’s note as proof for the leave.

Vacation – January 1, 2018

  • All employees who have worked with your company for at least five years will be entitled to three weeks vacation.
  • Vacation pay will be calculated at six (6) percent for employees who have five or more years with your company.

Substitute Public Holidays – January 1, 2018

  • Employees must be given with written notice of substitute public holidays. The notice must include the holiday on which the employee will work, the date of the day being substituted for the holiday, and the date on which the notice is provided to the employee.

Enforcement – January 1, 2018

  • The Ontario government will hire additional employment standards inspectors by 2020-2021 to ensure the new rules are followed.


  • widalKag on Jan 18th, 2022
    However, last Thursday, the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs adopted significant amendments to Bill 148. News outlets are reporting this morning that Bill 148 is set for its third reading today. The amendments to Bill 148 will come into effect on the later of December 3, 2017 or the date that Bill 148 receives Royal Assent.
  • atolllKag on Jan 24th, 2022
    Third reading of Bill 148 was passed on November 22, 2017 and Bill 148 finally received Royal Assent on November 27, 2017. The following outlines Bill 148's major changes.

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