Labour Studies Index

Updated: 2019-04-26

A Higher Standard: The Case for Holding Low-Wage Employers in Ontario to a Higher Standard

Document type Report
Author Block, Sheila
Date 2015 06 15
Pages 30


Released in advance of the Ontario government’s consultation process to review the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act, this report draws on Statistics Canada data to track a growing reliance on low-wage, precarious employment in Ontario, and how precariously employed workers have less access to the protections of membership in a trade union. The report also highlights the need to modernize the outdated regulatory laws for workers in Ontario, and concludes there is scope for the province to raise the minimum wage, to require employers to schedule more predictable work hours, to set a higher standard for paid leave, and to make it easier for lowwage workers to unionize.