Ontario Increases Minimum Wage

Minimum wage workers in Ontario received a pay increase to $11.00 per hour beginning June 1, 2014. The 75-cent adjustment reflects more than a seven-percent increase from the previous rate of $10.25 and will affect the 535,000 minimum wage workers in Canada’s most populous province. The rate had been frozen since 2010.

Ontario’s legislature must yet agree over a bill that ties annual increases to the consumer price index.

Ontario’s new hourly rate will tie Nunavut for Canada’s highest minimum wage rate.

According to the Ontario Ministry of Labour:

“Minimum wage is the lowest wage rate an employer can pay an employee. Most employees are eligible for minimum wage, whether they are full-time, part-time, casual employees, or are paid an hourly rate, commission, piece rate, flat rate or salary.”

The Ontario minimum wage rate appears on the the province’s Employment Standards Act posting, which is required for employers to display. That posting, along with other required postings, is included on the GovDocs Province-on-One poster in both English and French.

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