Tomorrow is Election Day in Ontario and given the great ideological disparity between the two frontrunners, Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives and Andrea Horwath’s New Democratic Party, we here at Rodney Employment Law are eagerly awaiting the results, to gain a better understanding of the direction the new party will be taking the province.

While all three parties have presented platforms with campaign promises surrounding everything from hydro to healthcare to education to child care – given the nature of our firm, we are particularly interested in what the parties are saying about employment and tax rates!

In this regard, it is important to remember that the vast majority of individuals working in Ontario are governed by the Ontario Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA”). The ESA provides the minimum standards that govern employees and employers in most Ontario workplaces. Accordingly, the provincial government is given a fair bit of latitude to pass legislation that may affect you each and every day in your workplace. For example, the current Kathleen Wynne led Liberal government was responsible for enacting the recent, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 (“Bill 148”). If you recall, this Act instituted sweeping legislative changes to the ESA including: increasing minimum wage, enhancing vacation entitlements, introducing Personal Emergency Leave, along with a slew of other significant amendments. If you are interested in reading more about Bill 148, over the past year we have written extensively on different aspects of these amendments for TLOMA Today, The Lawyers Daily, and CSAE Trillium.

While Rodney Employment Law is staying politically neutral, here is a quick breakdown of what the three major parties are promising in regards to employment and tax rates leading up to the big day on June 7, 2018:

Liberal Party (Kathleen Wynne):

Progressive Conservatives (Doug Ford):

NDP (Andrea Horwath):

The above information is a brief summary of only a small segment of the party platforms intended for voter education purposes only. For more information on how and where to vote, please visit https://www.elections.on.ca/ to answer any questions you have. To review the full party platforms, please visit the links below:

Liberal Party: https://platform.ontarioliberal.ca/

Progressive Conservatives: https://www.ontariopc.ca/plan_for_the_people

NDP: https://www.ontariondp.ca/platform