The Ontario government is raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour.
“Ontario’s workers deserve a raise and today we’re delivering one,” said Premier Doug Ford in a statement. “There’s no better way to support hard-working Ontarians right now than raising the minimum wage.”
As of Jan. 1, 2022, general minimum wage workers are now earning $15 per hour, up from $14.35. In addition, liquor servers have received a pay raise from $12.55 to $15 per hour, while students under the age of 18 who work 28 hours a week or less when school is in session or work during a school break or summer holidays had their pay raised from $13.50 to $14.10 per hour. And homeworkers — those who do paid work out of their own homes for employers — had their pay raised from $15.80 to $16.50 per hour.
“For too long, workers have been falling behind and wages have not kept up with the cost of living, which is why we are raising the minimum wage to support those who have helped keep our economy moving throughout the pandemic,” said Peter Bethlenfalvy, the province’s minister of finance in the statement.