Every time talk turns to an increase in minimum wage, dire warnings abound about the imminent death of business. But, to paraphrase Mark Twain’s famous quip, the report of the death of business is greatly exaggerated. Three years ago when a tiny increase was made in the minimum wage after five years of being static, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce reacted in horror and pronounced business’ demise. Here we are in 2017 and businesses are still doing business.

Ontario labour laws are way out of date. In addition to raising its minimum wage, the plan is to legislate more predictable work hours, improve sick leave and vacation requirements. The nature of work in Ontario has shifted and that needs to be reflected in the workplace.