The chair of the North Bay hearing, Scarborough-Agincourt Liberal MPP Soo Wong said the public hearings are critical. Wong said she was surprised she didn’t hear more conversation about other amendments to the province’s employment and labour laws. Wong said issues like ensuring part-time workers make the same hourly wage for the same job as those working full time, or expanding personal emergency leave also need to be addressed.

“The proposed legislation includes other parts that has never been talked about or reviewed or revised. So it was very interesting the fixation just focusing on minimum wage. It missed all the other conversations to protect whether you’re an employer or an employee in Ontario, so that’s very interesting,” said Wong.