While municipalities get a break from Bill 148, businesses Haliburton County will still feel the crunch.

The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act passed its final reading in Queen’s Park last week.

Amendments added to the bill include not requiring municipal employees to be paid for being on-call that provide essential services.

However, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Brock M.P.P. Laurie Scott says the increase of the minimum wage to $14 an hour by January 1st will hurt small businesses.

She says she does support a higher wage.

The minimum wage will then jump to $15 an hour on January 1st, 2019.

According to the Haliburton Highlands Chamber of Commerce, 190 jobs in the county are at risk because of Bill 148.

Labour Minister Kevin Flynn says the legislation addresses the needs of the modern workplace and provides a minimum wage workers can actually live on.