Workers earning less than $30,000 will no longer have to pay provincial income tax starting next year.
Bill 148 mandates equal pay for part-time and temporary workers doing the same job as full-time employees and increases vacation entitlements.
Minimum wage will remain at $14 an hour rather than rising to $15 as planned by the previous Liberal government.
Parti Quebecois and Quebec solidaire compete for votes with a raise from the current $12.
Studies show raising it actually eliminates employment opportunities.
A better plan would be a work-based subsidy that provides a cash transfer
Aphria says the 21% jump from $11.60 to $14 per hour adds another $600,000 to its annual wage costs.
Government is making sure new worker rights under its plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs are followed.
Government generally has little or no understanding of how small businesses operate.
Union leaders argue higher wages will ultimately help businesses as low income earners increase spending.
Businesses say the increase is too fast and will lead to job losses, but reform poplar with labour.
Research suggests mass layoffs and other detrimental effects could be part of the fallout.
Says the government will have to assess the impact of the wage increase as it continues to roll out.
Corporate tax rate for small businesses will fall fa percentage point to 3.5%, plus other inducements.
TD reports says $15 minimum wage could cost Ontario up to 90,000 jobs.