(Feb. 4/18): Since January 1, the Wynne government’s Bill 148 has been wreaking havoc throughout Ontario’s labour and small business communities.

Restaurants Canada told the Wynne government on countless occasions about the impact Bill 148 will have on the province’s foodservice industry. Those warnings have become a reality.

Now that the bill has been in effect for more than a month, more sectors are reporting how negatively the changes and rising costs are affecting them.

Ontario’s daycare industry responded to Bill 148 by increasing fees and passing them on to the parents whose children attend daycare, demanding they fork over hundreds of dollars more each month to help offset the labour wage increases.

In response, Premier Wynne said the government may provide tax-dollar subsidies to counter the increases.

On January 24, Calvin Cain, Regional Director for the Ontario Homes for Special Needs Association, told the Hamilton Spectator that the rising labour costs stemming from Bill 148’s implementation is putting local residential care facilities on the path to closure unless immediate financial relief is provided by the municipal or provincial governments.

The steep rise in the minimum wage and costly labour reforms is simply too much too fast for Ontario’s labour industry.

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