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Ontario Is Set To Increase Minimum Wages

Web posted on January 30, 2014

Ontario is increasing the minimum wage from $10.25 to $11 per hour on June 1, 2014. This new rate reflects the rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since the last minimum wage increase in 2010 and is part of the provincial government's commitment to fairness.

The current minimum wage is $10.25 per hour. It has increased nearly 50 per cent since 2003. The 75 cent increase reflects the annual change in Ontario's Consumer Price Index (CPI) since the last increase on March 31, 2010.

"Increasing the minimum wage will help improve the standard of living for hardworking people across the province, while ensuring that businesses have the predictability necessary to plan for the future." Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario.

The government will also introduce legislation that would tie future minimum wage increases to the CPI. This will ensure the minimum wage keeps up with the cost of living, and that increases are predictable for businesses and families. Under the proposed legislation, increases would be announced by April 1 and come into effect on Oct. 1.

"Our government is focused on helping hardworking Ontarians by ensuring fairness for people living on minimum wage and predictability for business. By establishing a transparent, fair and responsible method of setting minimum wage in the future, we are taking the politics out of minimum wage. This will provide fairness for Ontario workers and their families and predictability and transparency for our businesses to remain competitive and succeed." Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Labour.

The proposed legislation would act on the recommendations of Ontario's Minimum Wage Advisory Panel, which included business, labour, youth and anti-poverty representatives.

The panel held 10 public consultations across the province and received more than 400 submissions from organizations, businesses, and individual Ontarians. The province's Minimum Wage Advisory Panel recommends that the province perform a full review of its minimum wage rates and revision process every five years.

Ensuring the minimum wage is fair and predictable for both workers and business is part of the Ontario government's economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate. Increasing the minimum wage supports Ontario's Poverty Reduction Strategy. In the first three years of the strategy, approximately 47,000 children and their families were lifted out of poverty.


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