TORONTO, Feb. 11 /CNW/ - The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) applauds today's announcement by the Ministry of Labour to establish a committee to provide advice on minimum wage.

For several years, the OCC has advocated for the development of a third party commission made up of business, labour and community stakeholders to review minimum wage requirements. The key element of such a commission or review board would be to ensure that minimum wage requirements follow the economic circumstances of the day.

The OCC is pleased to see the Ministry of Labour taking into account the recommendations of the Chamber and opening itself to a change in direction on the minimum wage issue through a consultative process.

The OCC supports the establishment of this panel, which is mandated to make minimum wage recommendations to the Ministry.

The OCC has recommended the Government:

  1. Initiate an independent minimum wage review board or commission, comprising of business (representing various sectors and size), labour representatives and social groups.
  2. Conduct regular minimum wage reviews that include an economic impact assessment on the provincial economy.
  3. Combine any increase to minimum wage with social measures targeted to low income Ontarians, so as not to rely heavily on operational business costs (minimum wage) to address poverty issues in the province.

"The Ontario Chamber of Commerce welcomes the Ministry of Labour's establishment of a minimum wage committee as a step in the right direction," said Len Crispino, OCC President and CEO. "We hope the panel leads to the development of a third party commission or review panel to uphold the values of accountability and community consultation."

The Ontario government has charged the panel with releasing its first recommendations in time for the 2012 budget.

SOURCE Ontario Chamber of Commerce

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