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e-3914 (Justice)

Initiated by Frank Saptel from Toronto, Ontario

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of Labour

  • The intent of the federal government in amending the Canada Labour Code and modernizing labour standards was to address long standing discrepancies in labour legislation with the goal of improving working conditions for Canadians and bringing labour law in line with realities of changing labour markets;
  • In line with this goal, one area of federal labour law that was addressed were wages of part-time, casual, temporary and seasonal workers whose hourly wages were less than that of full-time workers doing the same work;
  • The legislation received Royal Assent in 2018, however, a date of effect was not given, making the legislation impossible to enforce in workplaces;
  • The practice of paying different wages based on employment status is exploitative and discriminatory, and will only end with enforceable legislation;
  • Without legislative protections, employers will continue to use this loophole to exploit workers;
  • Without a date of effect, years of lobbying efforts will be erased, setting Canadian workers back decades, which from our perspective, runs counter to the intent of modernizing the Canada Labour Code; and
  • The labour market has changed to the extent that non-traditional employment relationships are on the rise, making this piece of legislation essential in protecting workers and ensuring they earn equal wages for doing the same work as those who hold full-time employment.
We, the undersigned, members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers, call upon the Minister of Labour to assign a date of effect for legislation relating to wages and equal treatment of workers regardless of their employment status.
Open for signature
March 11, 2022, at 2:48 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 10, 2022, at 2:48 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Alexandre Boulerice (Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie)
May 17, 2022 (Petition No. 441-00480)
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Rosemont—La Petite-Patrie
New Democratic Party Caucus
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