Ontario increasing minimum wage

Ontario is raising the general minimum wage to $11.25 from $11 per hour, effective Oct. 1, 2015.

This will be the ninth minimum wage increase since 2003.

Minimum wage rates for jobs in special categories (liquor servers, homeworkers, students, etc.) are also increasing at the same time.

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The increase is the result of recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 that tie minimum-wage increases to Ontario’s consumer price index. This was recommended by the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel in its final report last year.

“Our government has taken politics out of minimum wage increases while ensuring wages for Ontario workers keep pace with inflation and businesses have time to prepare for payroll changes,” says Ontario Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn.

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