Ontario Minimum Wage to Increase October 1, 2021

On October 1, 2021, the general minimum wage in Ontario will increase from $14.25 to $14.35 per hour. This minimum wage applies to most employees. Minimum wage rates will also increase for the following employees: students: from $13.40 to $13.50 an hour liquor servers: from $12.45 to $12.55 an hour homeworkers: from $15.70 to $15.80…

WSIA Calculation for Premium Payable by Employers for 2021 Amended

On April 14, 2021, Bill 238, Workplace Safety and Insurance Amendment Act, 2021, received Royal Assent and came into force. Bill 238 amends the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 (WSIA) to add a calculation rate for the 2021 calendar year (or such later date as prescribed by regulation) for the Workplace Safety and Insurance…

Ontario Amends Rules for Shutdown Zone Regarding School Closures and Limited Circumstances in Which They May Operate

The Ontario government has amended the Rules for Areas in Stage 1 to give effect to its recent announcement regarding the closure of public and private elementary and secondary schools, among other things. As a general rule, Ontario Regulation 278/21 amends the Shutdown Zone rules to require closure of all public and private schools within…

Ontario Places All Regions Into Shutdown

Effective April 3, 2021, all regions in Ontario were placed into the Shutdown Zone of the Rules for Areas in Stage 1. The government announced that it anticipates the shutdown to be in place for at least four weeks. The Shutdown Zone rules were amended on March 26, 2021 (see our recent Human Resources and…

Ministry Consults on Extending Mandatory WSIB Coverage to Personal Support Workers and Developmental Support Workers

The Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (Ministry) is seeking input on whether mandatory coverage under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997 should be extended to Personal Support Workers (PSWs) and Developmental Support Workers (DSWs) under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997. Specifically, the Ministry has set out the following questions in…

Court Finds Workplace Violence and Harassment Dispute Falls Within Exclusive Jurisdiction of Labour Arbitrator

The Ontario Superior Court recently confirmed that disputes arising from a collective agreement, including allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault in a unionized workplace, fall within the exclusive jurisdiction of a labour arbitrator and cannot be pursued through a civil action. In De Facendis v. Toronto Parking Authority, the Court held that this regime…

Ontario Announces Changes To Indoor and Outdoor Dining Rules

On March 19, 2021, the Ontario government filed a number of regulatory amendments to the Rules for Areas in Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 with respect to indoor and outdoor dining. The Rules for Areas in Stage 1, as they apply to the Grey Zone, have been amended to permit restaurants, bars, food…

Private On-Site Rapid Testing for COVID-19 Expanded

On March 17, 2021, the Ontario government announced that: it has removed certain regulatory restrictions to make it easier to administer private, on-site testing for asymptomatic employees who wish to self-swab for a rapid antigen test on a voluntary basis (and under the supervision of a trained individual) a guide for organizations and individuals who…

Temporary Wage Enhancement For Personal Support Workers and Others to be Extended

The Ontario government has announced that the temporary wage enhancement for personal support workers and direct support workers in publicly funded home and community care, long-term care, public hospitals, and social services sectors will be extended until June 30, 2021. At that time, the wage enhancement will again be reviewed by the government. The temporary…