Executive Summary of Bill 124 - Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector For Future Generations Act, 2019

On November 8, 2019, Ontario’s Bill 124 - the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019 (the “Act”) – was proclaimed in force. The Act was introduced and passed First Reading on June 5, 2019 and moved quickly through Second and Third Reading.  It received Royal Assent on November 7, 2019. 

The stated intent of the Act is to ensure public sector compensation increases are consistent with the principles of responsible fiscal management and sustainability of the public service. Within hours of receiving Royal Assent, the Act received criticism from a variety of public sector unions, many of which stated an intention to challenge the Act’s constitutionality before the courts.

In its current form, the Act will have a significant impact on employers in the public and broader public sector.  Click here to read the Executive Summary, which breaks down the key points for employers.