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Bill 148 Discussions Continued with the Chamber


The Chamber hosted a informative discussion and Q&A on October 30th, lead by a panel of experts on the proposed Bill 148. Panelists were:

  • Karl Baldauf, Vice President, Policy & Government Relations Ontario Chair of Commerce will be providing an overview on the lobby efforts of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (click for presentation)
  • Megan Swan, Partner Pavey Law LLP - general overview of the changes proposed in Bill 148, and some of the practical implications for employers and summary of the proposed legislative changes. (click for presentation)
  • Mike Arndt, Partner, Graham Mathew Professional Corporation – general overview on tax implications to employers (click for presentation)

Are you a Small Business owner or employee? Do you really know how Bill 148 may affect you?  This is the most radical revision of the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act since their inception. evision of the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act since their inception. We encourage you to review the presentations.



Steering Through Change: A Handbook to Help Ontario Businesses Understand and Manage Bill 148


The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, alongside the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and management-consulting firm, MNP, have released a comprehensive handbook (Steering Through Change) to help Ontario businesses navigate the new costs and regulations associated with Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act. The handbook provides a summary of the incoming changes, outlines the potential risks to business, and identifies strategies to help mitigate the impact.


From substantial increases to the minimum wage, new scheduling provisions, reforms to the collective bargaining process and dozens of other changes, Bill 148 will present many challenges for employers.


The handbook includes important insights into the legislation and offers practical solutions and strategies to support businesses through the initial changes. As the implementation dates draw closer, employers will be able to turn to this handbook to understand the legislation and navigate change.


The handbook provides a better understanding of how to manage and plan for Bill 148, should the legislation pass. However, there is still an opportunity to provide feedback on Bill 148 before it comes to a final vote. To date, the bill has passed the second reading and has now been referred to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. Business owners are strongly encouraged to send requests to deputize in front of the committee and send written submissions to the Standing Committee including your thoughts and concerns regarding Bill 148.



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