By William Lin
(TORONTO, ON) – Ontario is raising the general minimum wage from $11 to $11.25 per hour, effective October 1 this year. Minimum wage rates for jobs in special categories, such as liquor servers, homeworkers, students, etc, are also increasing at the same time. The primary sectors employing minimum wage earners are accommodation and food, retail trade, and agriculture.
This will be the ninth minimum wage increase since 2003.
“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,” said Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour. “This puts more money in people’s pockets, gives our businesses predictability and helps build a more prosperous economy, while ensuring a fair society for all.”
The increase is the result of recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) that tie minimum-wage increases to Ontario’s Consumer Price Index (CPI). This was recommended by the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel in its final report last year.
Minimum wage increases are to be announced by April 1 each year, and will be effective on October 1 of the same year.