Ontario Government strengthening wage protections for restaurant workers

The Ontario government is introducing legislation that, if passed, would put in place ground-breaking protections for more than 400,000 people in the restaurant and hospitality industry. The Working for Workers Four Act, 2023, includes updates to the province’s Employment Standards Act, which would ban unpaid trial shifts and make clear that employers can never deduct an employee’s […]

Provincial competition law needed to address the power of gig work platforms

By Vasiliki Bednar and Robin Shaban With the invention of gig-based platforms like Uber and SkipTheDishes, the gig economy has not just become an integral part of the labour industry, but also digital society as well. Along with the meteoric rise in popularity of these platforms, many of these companies have “monopsonies” in their industries. […]

Ontario looking to make naloxone kits mandatory at bars

The Ontario government has introduced legislation that would require high-risk workplaces to have life-saving naloxone kits on site. Those workplaces deemed high risk for opioid overdoses would include bars and nightclubs, as well as construction sites. A government release says that between March 2020 and January 2021, around 2,500 people died from opioid-related causes. The government also […]

Government introduces new pandemic aid, extends sick leave

The Canadian government introduced a new pandemic aid bill on November 24 that would maintain some financial supports for businesses and workers until at least the spring of 2022. Bill C-2, if passed, would include providing wage and rent subsidies through the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program and the Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program. The Tourism and Hospitality […]

Quebec temporarily caps 3rd-party delivery fees

The province’s government has acted amid a fierce debate across the province and beyond. By Tom Nightingale The Quebec provincial government has unanimously adopted legislation that temporarily caps large-scale third-party delivery fees in the province while indoor dining remains closed. The new temporary law, Bill 87, caps the commissions charged to restaurants by delivery platforms […]