Chamber to Host Town Halls on Minimum Wage and Bill 148’s Proposed Changes to Labour Laws

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce

Sault Ste. Marie, ON – 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.

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.

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce
The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce has been serving the Sault since 1889. Two years after the first Canadian Pacific railway reached Sault Ste. Marie, a group of businessmen formed an organization dedicated to community welfare and development. During the two years leading up to the Chamber's founding railway spurred an economic boom. Business prospered, the population doubled, and on June 25, 1889 forty businessmen organized the Sault Ste. Marie Board of Trade. Today, this non-profit organization continues to serve the interests of business in a rapidly changing economy. The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce is funded through annual membership of its's member businesses and agencies, enabling it to advocate on behalf of business. Through the years, the Chamber has worked closely with the business community and various levels of government to find solutions to challenges faced by the community and has spearheaded numerous solutions.