Province committed to providing fairness for workers, predictability for business.
As announced earlier this year, Ontario is raising the general minimum wage from $11 to $11.25 per hour, effective October 1, 2015.
The increase is a result of recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and a recommendation from the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel to tie the annual increase to Ontario’s Consumer Price Index.
Minimum wage rates for certain jobs and/or employees such as liquor servers, homeworkers, and students are also increasing at the same time.
Increasing the minimum wage in a fair and predictable manner is part of the government’s economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people’s talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.
- The primary sectors employing minimum wage earners are accommodation and food, retail trade, and agriculture.
- Minimum wage increases are announced by April 1 each year, and are effective on October 1 of the same year.
- The process for minimum wage adjustments will be reviewed every 5 years.
Ministry of Labour, September 30, 2015
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