It will soon be mandatory for Ontario employers to disclose wages or a salary range on job postings.

The proposal is part of new legislation meant to increase transparency for job seekers. The new “Working for Workers” legislation will be tabled when MPPs return to Queen’s Park the week of Nov. 14.

“When worker salaries are kept secret, there’s only one beneficiary and that’s businesses,” Labour Minister David Piccini told CTV News Toronto last week. “How many times have people applied for jobs just to find out at the end of the process that it’s nowhere near the salary range they were looking for?”

Piccini said that details regarding the salary range requirements will be worked out after a consultation period, although he is aware that if the range is too broad, there will continue to be a lack of transparency.

The minister also hinted the government may start with salaries under $100,000 a year.

“I think if you’re looking under $100,000 a year, they want to know,” he said.

“It’s working class workers who don’t earn six-figure salaries, they want to know what those ranges are as they take that exciting next step to apply for a job to get a better job and a bigger paycheque.”


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