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Ontario Seeking Public Input to Update Fair Wage Policy

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Ontario Seeking Public Input to Update Fair Wage Policy

Beginning in March, Ontario will be seeking public input on updates to its Fair Wage Policy to ensure government contract workers continue to receive fair wages and benefits. 

Feedback will help inform a refreshed policy, which will better reflect Ontario's evolving workforce. The province's Fair Wage Policy sets standards on wages and working conditions for contractors, such as building cleaning, security services, building trades and construction workers, to protect them from unfair competition when bidding on government contracts. 

The review of the Fair Wage Policy is consistent with work being done by the Changing Workplace Review, especially in the building services sector, where workplace issues around precarious employment are prominent.

Ensuring workers receive fair wages is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario’s Fair Wage Policy was first developed during the Great Depression of the 1930s, and has not been updated since 1995.
  • Research has shown that fair wage policies result in increased productivity and work innovation, increased apprenticeship training, a decrease in underground economic activity and a decrease in the rates of workplace injuries.
  • The Changing Workplaces Review is examining how the Labour Relations Act and Employment Standards Act could be amended to better protect workers while supporting businesses in our changing economy.


“Our economic plan includes making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario’s history, which creates jobs for workers in many sectors across the province. An updated Fair Wage Policy will ensure that workers on those government contracts are being treated fairly, and all contractors are on a level playing field.”

Kevin Flynn

Minister of Labour

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