Annual Minimum Wage Increase to Come into Effect October 1 Will Be $11.60

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Ontario is increasing the general minimum wage for the fourth consecutive year, which will bring the wage up to $11.60 on October 1, 2017.

As a part of Ontario’s plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs, the general minimum wage would again increase to $14 on January 1, 2018, and to $15 on January 1, 2019, which would be followed by annual increases at the rate of inflation. Ontario’s plan to create more opportunity and security for workers would also ensure part-time and temporary help agency workers are paid the same hourly wage as full-time workers, introduce paid sick days for every worker, enable at least three weeks’ vacation after five years with the same employer and step up enforcement of employment laws.

  • By October 2017, the general minimum wage will have increased by almost 70 per cent since 2004, when it stood at $6.85.
  • The minimum wage remained frozen between 1996 and 2003. This will be the 11th minimum wage increase since 2004.

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