What's New This Week - April 04,2024

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Robin Cooke


April 4, 2024

What's New This Week - April 04, 2024

Province Levelling Playing Field for Ontario Businesses

New regulation helping modernize the public sector procurement process

April 02, 2024

Effective April 1, 2024, a new regulation under the Building Ontario Businesses Initiative Act, 2022 (BOBIA) gives businesses across the province access to more government and public sector procurement opportunities.

The new regulation enshrines in law that Ontario’s public sector — including hospitals, schools, colleges and universities — give preference to Ontario businesses when conducting procurements for goods and services such as acquiring school supplies or food for cafeterias.

“Ontario businesses should benefit from the investments of its own government,” said Minister Caroline Mulroney, President of the Treasury Board. “Prioritizing Ontario-made products and services will help protect the supply chain, create good paying jobs and rebuild the province’s economy.”

Learn More Here

Ontario Raising Minimum Wage to Support Workers

Increase to $17.20 an hour follows passage of government’s fourth Working for Workers Act

March 28, 2024

The Ontario government is increasing the minimum wage from $16.55 per hour to $17.20, effective October 1, 2024. This 3.9 per cent annualized wage increase is based on the Ontario Consumer Price Index (CPI) and brings Ontario’s minimum wage to the second highest in Canada.

“Under the leadership of Premier Ford, our government is helping nearly one million workers earn more money for themselves and their families,” said David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “We are providing businesses with certainty and predictability by announcing this annual wage increase six months in advance, while also helping families offset the rising cost of living, so that Ontario continues to be the best place to live, work and raise a family.”

A worker making the general minimum wage and working 40 hours per week will see an annual pay increase of up to $1,355. There were 935,600 workers earning at or below $17.20 per hour in 2023.

Read More HereNew minimum wage rates starting October 1, 2024

Ontario's Minister of Finance, the Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy, presented the 2024 Budget: Building a Better Ontario. Read our news release.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has reviewed the budget and compiled a detailed summary of key highlights from the perspective of Ontario’s business community. Read our policy analysis.

As the indispensable partner of business, the OCC looks forward to continuing to work with the provincial government on behalf of its members to drive inclusive, sustainable economic growth.

Read The OCC's Response

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April 8: Solar Eclipse

On, April 8, 2024, a solar eclipse will be visible throughout Eastern Canada, including parts of Southern Ontario. While the eclipse will be temporary and short, it is important that anyone working outdoors during this time be aware of the risks and take precautions to minimize the risk of injury.Working outdoors during a solar eclipse | Protect yourself and your workers during a solar eclipseFind Out More Here

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