Province ups minimum wage for a fourth time

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Fourth Consecutive Annual Increase Provides Significant Boost to Take Home Pay

Ontario is continuing to boost income for workers across the province by increasing the general minimum wage for the fourth consecutive year, which will bring the wage up to $11.60 this fall.

Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn made the announcement today in Toronto. The increase announced today will come into effect on October 1, 2017, and continues the government’s efforts to ensure more workers and their families are able to benefit from the province’s growing economy. As a result, full-time minimum wage earners in Ontario are now taking home $2,782 more per year than they did just four years ago.

The increase builds on progress Ontario is already making to boost income for workers, including:

Updating its Fair Wage Policy to ensure government contract workers continue to receive fair wages and benefits

Reviewing pay equity legislation to help close the gender wage gap

Moving forward with a basic income pilot, which will provide a minimum income level to help people meet their needs

Implementing free tuition for more than 210,000 students and increasing supports for apprentices.