- On Saturday, Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca unveiled a plank of his party’s 2022 election platform during an event in Toronto.
- In January, the conservative Ontario government raised the minimum wage from $14.35 to $15 per hour, from $12.55 to $15 per hour for liquor servers.
- The plan also includes policies for gig economy workers and a two-year moratorium on corporate taxes for small businesses.
On Saturday, Ontario Liberal leader Steven Del Duca unveiled a plank of his party’s 2022 election platform during an event in Toronto.
The policies, including minimum wage guarantees and paid sick days, have been dubbed a “plan for economic dignity.”
At the party’s first in-person event of 2022, Del Duca unveiled the plan in front of supporters and candidates.
If elected premier, he promised to raise the minimum wage in Ontario to $16 per hour by January 1, 2023.
He promised that the party would “immediately” develop a “living wage structure” that pays Ontarians based on where they live in the province.
Advocates have suggested that a regionally adjusted living wage in Toronto could be as high as $22 per hour.
The conservative Ontario government increased the minimum wage from $14.35 to $15 per hour in January and from $12.55 to $15 per hour for liquor servers.
The NDP has also vowed a $16 minimum wage starting October 1, with plans to increase it to $20 by 2026.
Del Duca told supporters, “I believe economic dignity is far too important to be left to chance.”
The promise of ten sick days for Ontario workers was also included in the announcement.
Employers would no longer be needed to obtain a doctor’s note, and businesses would be reimbursed up to $200 per day for workers who are absent due to illness, according to the Ontario Liberal Party.
According to the party, the policy will cost around $800 million.
Del Duca’s policies were unveiled on the same day that the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party unveiled its 2022 campaign slogan: “Get it done.”
The PC Party said, “Ontario is a province of individuals who do things, people who construct things, and people who act.”
The Ontario Liberal Party also pledges to create a “package of universal benefits.”
According to the party, self-employed people, gig workers, and contract workers could all benefit from the package.
Policies on gig economy workers and a two-year moratorium on corporate taxes for smaller firms are also included in the plan.
The party also promised a four-day workweek pilot.
According to experts, a four-day workweek could improve quality of life and work-life balance according to the Ontario Liberal Party.
“We’ll design and evaluate the model in collaboration with businesses and labor groups of all kinds,” the party stated.
The Ontario Liberals promised that if the pilot “demonstrates potential,” it could be expanded across the province, resulting in “many more Family Day Weekends.”
“The Ontario that I know, the Ontario that we know,” Del Duca said, “doesn’t back down from a challenge.”
Source: Global news
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