Ontario is quickly becoming home to the toughest government regulatory environment for elevator contractors. In May,
Bill 8, Access to Consumer Credit Reports and Elevator Availability Act was passed, making Ontario the first jurisdiction in the world to establish standards for elevator repair times. With the impending Bill 148 set to become a law on January 1, 2019, Ontario elevator contractors are set to face yet another challenge.
Bill 148 Part VII.2 Scheduling states “Minimum pay for being on call 21.4 (1) If an employee is on call to work and is either not called to work or is called to work but works less than three hours, the employer shall pay to the employee wages equal to the employee’s regular rate for three hours of work.” This new regulation calling for mandatory minimum 3-hour labour standby time could have traumatic financial implications for elevator contractors in Ontario.
Based on the costs that non-union contractors in Ontario will face if this legislation stays in place, CECA is recommending they hire a lobbyist to fight for an exemption from this standby clause. CECA believes this issue could flow over to the union sector at a later date and eventually to the other provinces.
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