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Province to set $15 minimum wage

TORONTO—Ontario is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019, ensuring equal pay for part-time workers, and increasing the minimum vacation entitlement as part of a major labour overhaul.

Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement today in response to a government-commissioned report released last week that included 173 recommendations addressing precarious work.

High-speed rail planned

A high-speed rail corridor between Toronto and Windsor, Ont. is in the works—an idea floated in Ontario for decades but the premier says this time it's happening.

A government-commissioned report looking at the feasibility of such a project pegs the cost around $20 billion and suggests looking to the private sector for opportunities to partner on funding.