QUEEN’S PARK — Bhutila Karpoche, MPP for Parkdale—High Park, will table her private member’s bill Monday calling for Ontario to establish a study on the four-day work week.
The bill seeks to establish the Four-Day Work Week Commission, which would develop recommendations for implementing a four-day work week pilot project in Ontario, to be established for one year for a section of the province’s workers.
“Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, worker burnout was all-too common, leading to poor physical and mental health outcomes for Ontarians and a lack of work-life balance,” Karpoche said. “Let’s take a look at what a four-day work week would mean for Ontarians health, quality of life, and our economy.”
Jurisdictions around the world including Iceland, Japan and New Zealand have adopted four-day work weeks on a pilot or permanent basis, with reports showing successful results for both workers and employers. Reported benefits have included greater gender equity and job productivity, higher workplace morale, and improved mental and physical health for workers.
“Other communities who have tried this have seen benefits like better mental health, greater gender equity, more productivity and engagement, a lower carbon footprint, and better work-life balance for working parents. For those communities, a four-day work week was a win-win. Ontario workers deserve to have their government explore these potential benefits for them, too” said Karpoche.
QUEEN’S PARK – Official Opposition Leader Marit Stiles joined MPPs Chris Glover (Spadina—Fort York), Jennifer French (Oshawa), and Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale—High Park) to raise concerns about the rushed and secretive deal that the Ford government handed over to Therme for Ontario Place.
QUEEN’S PARK – Joel Harden (Ottawa Centre), Official Opposition NDP Critic for Transit, called for accountability from new Transportation Minister Sarkaria, beginning with firing Metrolinx CEO Phil Verster after today’s announcement that the Eglinton Crosstown LRT continues to be plagued with problems and is still without an opening date.
QUEEN'S PARK – Official Opposition NDP Health critic France Gélinas (Nickel Belt) and MPP Bhutila Karpoche (Parkdale—High Park) are pointing out that even with the Ford Conservatives’ announcement of “increased” provincial funding for public health today, the government is still investing less in public health than before the pandemic. The delayed action comes after municipalities faced overwhelming backlogs during the pandemic, prompting an outcry from Public Health Units(PHUs).