Ontario minimum wage to rise by 15 cents October 1

On Oct. 1, 2016, the Ontario government will increase the hourly minimum wage from $11.25 to $11.40.

Students under 18 will see a jump in their hourly wage from $10.55 to $10.70, while liquor servers will see a rise from $9.80 to $9.90, and people doing paid work from home for employers will see an increase from $12.40 to $12.55.

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“It’s important for people to know that there is a consistent, transparent and fair approach to setting the province’s minimum wage that ensures workers receive annual increases that keep up with inflation,” said Ontario Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn.

“It’s also important we provide predictability to businesses so they can prepare for annual wage increases. This helps to build a more prosperous economy and a fairer society for all.”

This is the tenth minimum wage increase in the province since 2003. Last year, the rate went up 25 cents to $11 an hour due to the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014 which tied changes to the minimum wage to the Ontario Consumer Price Index.

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