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Reminder: Ontario’s Minimum Wage Set to Rise as of October 1, 2017

September 26, 2017

Reminder: Ontario’s Minimum Wage Set to Rise as of October 1, 2017

Employers in Ontario are reminded that the Province’s minimum wage is set to rise from $11.40 per hour to $11.60 per hour on October 1, 2017.
This change comes as the first step in the Ontario government’s stated intention to raise the minimum wage to $14.00 per hour by January 1, 2018 and $15.00 per hour by January 1, 2019. Special minimum wage rates will also change with the intention of increases by the same percentage in 2018 and 2019.
As of October 1, 2017, the standard and special minimum wages will increase as follows:

  • General minimum wage: $11.40/hour to $11.60/hour
  • Liquor servers: $9.90/hour to $10.10/hour
  • Students: $10.70/ hour to $10.90/hour
  • Homeworkers: $12.55/hour to $12.80/hour

The minimum wage for fishing and hunting guides working less than 5 consecutive hours per day will increase from $56.95/day to $58.00/day.  For those guides working more than 5 consecutive hours per day, minimum wage increases from $113.95/day to $116.00/day.
Employers must ensure that they are compliant with these changes to their obligations under the Employment Standards Act, 2000.
If you have any questions about this topic or any other questions relating to workplace law, please do not hesitate to contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer
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