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SSM Chamber of Commerce Town Halls on Minimum Wage and Bill 148
Posted: Sep 27, 2017

Attention: Sault Ste. Marie Business owners and operators. 


Some of you may be aware that the Chamber will be hosting two town hall sessions on the proposed increase in minimum wage and other labour legislation outlined in the proposed Bill 148 later this week. There is still time to confirm you participation.  We want to know how this legislation will impact you.


Since our initial announcement, we  have been advised that the Office of the Minister Responsible for Small Business will also have staff representation present to hear how businesses may be impacted. Please see below for additional information.


Make Your Voice Heard - Town Halls on Minimum Wage and Bill 148


The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce has arranged TWO Town Hall forums and is inviting businesses, associations, government agencies and representatives, unions, social justice groups and interested individuals to take part and share their feedback on the proposed legislation, their concerns or their support. The feedback and discussion generated through these town halls will help better inform all participants of the level and types of concerns and / or support that these proposed legislative changes have locally.


Taking part in the town halls will be: the Sault Ste. Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Sault Ste. Marie Member of Provincial Parliament, Ross Romano


The Town Halls are scheduled for: Thursday, September 28th, 7:00pm to 9:00pm and Friday, September 29th, 11:00am to 1:00pm.  Both sessions will take place in Council Chambers at the Civic Centre, 99 Foster Drive.


The Town Halls will include a short presentation by the OCC. There will be a limited number of presentation spots available to local businesses, associations, interested groups and individuals that wish to present.  Presentations will be 5 minutes in length and time will be allowed following each presentation for questions. PRESENTATIONS MUST BE SCHEDULED IN ADVANCE by contacting the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce at 705-949-7152.


The Ontario Government's Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, introduces very significant changes to our province's employment legislation. It includes a swift increase in the minimum wage by more than 30% to $15/hour in less than eighteen months and also introduces new proposed rules for vacation time, on-call work, equal pay for temporary and part time workers, scheduling and emergency leave days.

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