The Minimum Wage to Go Up in Ontario, Canada

The Ontario government plans to introduce new legislation as a part of the 2021 Fall Economic Statement. According to it, the general minimum wage will increase from CA$ 14.25 to CA$ 15 an hour. It will be effective from January 1, 2022. If the proposed changes are implemented, the special minimum wage rate for liquor servers will be eliminated, and they would need to adhere to the general minimum wage only.

If the new legislation is improved, students under the age of 18, homeworkers, fishing, wilderness, and hunting guides will also see an increase in the minimum wage rates.

The details were shared by Minister of Labour, Premier Doug Ford, Monte McNaughton and Training and Skills Development, and Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance. The Premier said, “Ontario’s workers have been the unsung heroes of this pandemic, as they’ve stocked shelves, kept our supply chain moving, and helped so many of us enjoy a meal among family and friends at a local restaurant. When we asked labor leaders what their priorities were, increasing the minimum wage was at the top of the list. As the cost of living continues to go up, our government is proud to be working for workers, putting more money into their pockets by increasing the minimum wage.”

One of the reasons for this change is that since the COVID-19, the cost of living has gone up, but the minimum wages have not been increased. Minister McNaughton said, “Over the past few weeks, our government has rolled out a historic number of reforms to rebalance the scales. Building on these actions, today, our government is ensuring workers who need our help the most receive their fair share of the economic pie. We will continue to use every tool in our toolbox to help workers in our province find meaningful careers that let them earn themselves bigger paychecks and build better lives for themselves and their loved ones.”

Peter Bethlenfalvy, Minister of Finance, said, “An incredible debt of gratitude is owed to the workers of Ontario. These dedicated men and women kept store shelves stocked and supply chains going through the pandemic. However, we also recognize that for too long workers have been falling behind, and that wages for many have not kept up with the cost of living. They had Ontario’s back, and now, our government has theirs. Ontario workers should be in a race to the top, not a race to the bottom.”

If the legislation is passed, students below 18 who work 28 hours per week or less if the school is in session or work during summer holidays or a school break would see their wages increase from CA$ 13.50 to CA$ 14.10 an hour. Homeworkers who do paid work in other people’s homes would see the wages rise from CA$ 15.80 an hour to CA$ 16.50 an hour. Fishing and Hunting guides will get CA$ 75 for working less than five consecutive hours a day and CA$ 150.05 for working for five or more hours in a day.

by Shruti , BNS Business News


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