Ontario to introduce $15 minimum wage

Ontario to introduce $15 minimum wage

Ontario to introduce $15 minimum wage

Ontario's general minimum wage will raise to $14 per hour on January 1, 2018, and then to $15 on January 1, 2019, followed by annual increases at the rate of inflation.

Labour Minister Kevin Flynn said the government will table legislation before the house rises for the summer this week, with plans to send it to committee for consultations around the province over the summer.

Elsewhere in Canada, the minimum wage hovers around 11 dollars per hour, however the western province of Alberta announced previous year it will increase it's hourly minimum to $15 but that will only take effect in October 2018. She said workers will feel a change in their everyday lives once the labour law changes have been made. "Work has changed. It's time our laws and protections for workers changed too", said Wynne in a statement. "Before we actually debate the legislation in the fall, I think there needs to be a full cost-benefit analysis done to ensure this doesn't have the opposite effect of less hours, less take-home pay for workers and fewer businesses", said McNaughton, the Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP.

It will rise from $11.40 now to $11.60 in October. Many workers are struggling to support their families on part-time, contract or minimum-wage work.

The impact of the minimum wage increase can't be overstated (pro or con, both workers and businesses are going to have a lot to say), but the suite of other reforms are, collectively, more substantial than anything the Liberals have done in their almost 14 years in power, and will improve things significantly for many Ontario workers.

In 1970, Ontario's minimum wage was set at $1.50 per hour.

Millions of Ontario's most vulnerable workers are getting a raise.

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Personal emergency leave will be expanded to include an across-the-board minimum of at least two paid days per year for all workers.

A press release from Wynne's office says Ontario's economy has outpaced "all G7 countries in terms of real GDP growth".

That the report did not study minimum wage, or the costs of new paid leave will have on small businesses, is a glaring oversight, said Balsom.

The new rules also ensure part-time workers are paid the same hourly wage as full-time workers, introducing paid sick days for every worker and stepping up enforcement of the new employment laws. While some of these announcements go further than the Special Advisors' recommendations, there are improvements that can still be made through legislation, said Buckley.

The government will also propose measures to expand family leaves and make certain that employees are not misclassified as independent contractors. "Paying people the same wage for the same work is the very essence of fairness", she said.

Minimum wage increases, therefore, should be implemented gradually and predictably, the opposite of what Wynne's doing. The Liberals are always happy to say they've found a "balanced" policy, and this is what that looks like: increasing the minimum wage while retaining a number of major exceptions to it. They also recently announced the beginnings of a provincial pharmacare plan, that would provide drug coverage to those below the age of 25.

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