Since NAFTA came into force in 1994, many Canadian companies established or expanded their business interests in Mexico, including Bombardier, Apotex and McCain, to name a few. With the forthcoming change in Mexico’s administration, Canadian companies with cross-border operations and domestic companies are likewise wondering what the future holds in terms of labour policy.

Recent polling suggests that the June 7th Ontario election is a hotly contested race with the NDP currently holding a lead in the polls and the PCs in second place. We are closely monitoring the election developments to keep you informed as to what a new government will mean for Ontario employers.

Below we outline the NDP’s proposed reforms to employment and labour laws. If pursued, the NDP’s proposed initiatives set out in their platform will significantly impact employers and go well beyond the changes recently introduced by the Ontario government under Bill 148.
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October 19, 2015 is federal election day.  Under the Canada Elections Act, employees who are eligible to vote are entitled to three consecutive hours of time off to vote without a reduction in pay. The three consecutive hours must fall within the open hours of local polling stations, which are as follows:

Electoral District Time Zone Voting Hours
Newfoundland and Atlantic Time Zones 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Eastern Time Zone 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Central Time Zone* 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Mountain Time Zone* 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Pacific Time Zone 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


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