- Bill 33, The Minimum Wage Indexation Act, which ties future minimum wage increases to the rate of inflation. The Winnipeg Chamber is in favour of this legislation, and President and CEO Loren Remillard spoke to this at the committee stage of the bill.
- Bill 22, The Regulatory Accountability Act and Amendments to the Statutes and Regulations Act, which requires the provincial government to remove one regulatory requirement for each new one introduced (a “one-for-one” rule). Until March 31, 2021 the legislation goes one step further and requires two regulations be removed for each new one. These changes should help reduce the amount of red tape your business is forced to deal with. You can submit your ideas to reduce red tape here.
- On January 1 of this year the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) took effect in Manitoba. However several legislative changes were also required, and those were included in Bill 7, The New West Partnership Trade Agreement Implementation Act. With Manitoba’s inclusion, the NWPTA now covers the four Western Canadian provinces, representing a combined GDP of over $750 billion, almost the same size as Argentina’s entire economy. The NWPTA will streamline regulations, and make it easier for businesses to expand into western Canada. The Winnipeg Chamber has long advocated for Manitoba to join the agreement.
Debate will resume this fall on legislation that will affect the future of ride sharing and tuition in this province, to list just two examples. As always the Winnipeg Chamber will be there to ensure the voice of business is heard on Broadway.