• Public Sector Wage Restraint Legislation: Two Years Later
  • April 2, 2012 | Author: Susan E. Sorensen
  • Law Firm: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP - Toronto Office
  • As part of its 2010 budget process, the Ontario government introduced the Public Sector Compensation Restraint to Protect Public Services Act (the "Restraint Act"). The Restraint Act retroactively froze the compensation of non-union workers and office-holders employed by the provincial government and (among others) by agencies, boards, commissions or organizations that received at least $1,000,000.00 in public funding. So, for the past two years, the vast majority of non-union, public sector workers have seen no general increase in their salary, rate of pay, benefits or perquisites, beyond those permitted by their compensation plans as they existed on March 24, 2010. The same was not necessarily true for unionized workers of those employers. For that and other reasons, the Restraint Act has been unpopular for almost everyone affected by it.