Province Increasing Minimum Wage on October 1

Ontario will raise the general minimum wage from $11.25 to $11.40 on October 1, 2016 – keeping Ontario’s wage the highest of any province in Canada.

Minimum wage rates for liquor servers, students under the age of 18, hunting and fishing guides, and homeworkers will also increase at the same time. “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,” Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour said.

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Changes to the minimum wage are announced by April 1 and come into effect on October 1 to give businesses time to plan.   This increase is the result of changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 that tie minimum-wage increases to Ontario’s Consumer Price Index, a recommendation by the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel.

Different minimum wages exist for people based on the industry.  Liquor servers will increase by 10 cents from $9.80 to $9.90.  Homeworkers wages go up by 15 cents from $12.40 to $12.55.  All wages are indexed to inflation.  This is the tenth time minimum wages have increased since 2003.