The Liberal government of Ontario has put millions of dollars towards helping development services and child care centres cope with the recent wage hike.
The Canadian Press
reports that Premier Kathleen Wynne said she is looking across other sectors that receive public funding, to see if more needs to be done.
The government will give licensed child-carers $12.7 million in order to prevent increased costs passing on to parents. Additionally, an extra $24.3 million will be invested in the community and developmental services sector, as the wage increase could impact their operating expenses.
Earlier this month, Wynne hit out at Jeri Horton-Joyce and Ron Joyce Jr, who informed employees that the wage hike could mean a cut in staff benefits.
She commented: “When I read the reports about Ron Joyce, Jr, who is a man whose family founded Tim Hortons, the chain was sold for billions of dollars, and when I read how he was treating his employees, it just felt to me like this was a pretty clear act of bullying.”
“I hope that he understands this is really not a decent thing to be doing in a place as wealthy as Ontario,'' she continued. “I hope he recognizes that his employees need to be treated decently.”
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