Ontario’s proposed labour law changes will hurt young workers the most
Canadian evidence consistently shows minimum wage hikes result in fewer job opportunities for inexperienced and low-skilled workers
The Ontario government recently proposed a series of changes to provincial labour laws, including a significant hike of the minimum wage to $15 per hour. But the proposed changes will hurt the vulnerable workers they’re meant to help. 32 per cent, the negative effects on youth employment will be stark.
And because Ontario will implement the marked increase over less than two years, the negative effects will be magnified as employers - including many small businesses - will have little time to plan and adjust accordingly.
The government also plans to increase labour costs in other ways. Those include mandated higher benefits for employees (more paid vaca-