January 30, 2014 - Ontario is increasing the minimum wage from $10.25 to $11 per hour on June 1, 2014. This new rate reflects the rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since the last minimum wage increase in 2010 and is part of the provincial government’s commitment to fairness.
The government will also introduce legislation that would tie future minimum wage increases to the CPI. This will ensure the minimum wage keeps up with the cost of living, and that increases are predictable for businesses and families in our communities. Under the proposed legislation, increases would be announced by April 1 and come into effect on Oct. 1.
The proposed legislation would act on the recommendations of Ontario’s Minimum Wage Advisory Panel, which included business, labour, youth and anti-poverty representatives.
Esuring the minimum wage is fair and predictable for both workers and business is part of the Ontario government’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate.
“I’m incredibly pleased that my efforts, alongside many incredible local advocates all fighting on behalf of hard working individuals, have been heard. I’m proud of our government’s continued commitment to improving the lives of all Ontarians, increasing minimum wage by 50 percent since 2003, and showing leadership at a time when others would not. Increasing the minimum wage will help improve the standard of living for hardworking people in Thunder Bay - Superior North while ensuring that local businesses have the predictability necessary to plan for the future.” - Michael Gravelle, MPP Thunder Bay Superior North
“Today’s increase will make the minimum wage in Ontario the highest in Canada, and through legislation, we hope to provide predictability for employers going forward. This increase to minimum wage is one of the measures we have introduced to support lower income earners, and is in stark contrast to the work of the previous government that froze minimum wage for 9 years.” - Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan
“Our government is focused on helping hardworking Ontarians by ensuring fairness for people living on minimum wage and predictability for business. By establishing a transparent, fair and responsible method of setting minimum wage in the future, we are taking the politics out of minimum wage. This will provide fairness for Ontario workers and their families and predictability and transparency for our businesses to remain competitive and succeed.” - Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Labour
Read the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel’s Report.
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