Ontario to introduce $15 minimum wage


TORONTO – Ontario is raising its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019, ensuring equal pay for part-time workers and increasing the minimum vacation entitlement as part of a major labour overhaul.

Premier Kathleen Wynne made the announcement today in response to a government-commissioned report released last week that included 173 recommendations addressing precarious work.

The Changing Workplaces review concluded that new technology, a shrinking manufacturing sector and fewer union jobs, among other factors, have left approximately one-third of Ontario’s 6.6 million workers vulnerable.

The report didn’t examine the minimum wage, which is currently indexed to inflation and had been set to rise from $11.40 to $11.60 in October, but Wynne says raising it will make a difference in millions of people’s lives.

She says the minimum wage will increase to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, 2018 and will rise to $15 the following year.

About 30 per cent of Ontario workers currently make less than $15 an hour.

Wynne also announced that part-time workers will get equal pay for doing work equal to full-time staff, and that the minimum vacation entitlement will be increased. Instead of getting two weeks of vacation, workers will be able to get three weeks of paid vacation a year after five years with a company.

The changes to workplace laws will also establish fairer rules for scheduling, including making employers play three hours of wages if they cancel a shift with fewer than 48 hours notice.


  1. Folks it’s basic economics 101. This move by the liberals is not about giving people a living wage. It’s only about votes and nothing else. But those of you who will be convinced that this is a great plan, will probably be the same ones losing your job. Say good bye to entry level jobs, many are young people starting their 1st job. Say good bye to a reasonable number of hours because many small business owners just can’t afford the increase. Say good bye to businesses that just can’t make it and may be forced to close down. Folks, these politicians at Queen’s Park are not in your corner. They will do anything to win. Thank you liberals for giving the screws to all the vulnerable people- young people and small business owners. Think about this when you cast your vote………….

    • I seldom agree with Frank but he’s right. $31,200 (at 40 hours per week) isn’t a livable wage for people dreaming of things like home ownership and supporting a family.

      Granted, he’s completely wrong if he things that every single business will be crippled by an extra $7,500 per year per FTE. He’s also wrong if he thinks that people on minimum wage will hoard that money. Decades of economic data shows that you get better results from building an economy from the bottom up and giving people money to spend. It’s trickle down economics that doesn’t work as well because businesses and the wealthy are more likely to hoard. He’s also assuming that businesses can’t raise prices to generate more revenue and he should know about increasing revenue if he’s seen his own tax bill.

      That’s economics 101. An economy is spurred by spending. Give people money to spend and they spend it. Take money away through skyrocketing property taxes and that’s when an economy falters.

    • Flipping burgers is not a job where you can earn a wage which support a 3 story house, car, and cell phone. If it doesn’t work for you, go to school and earn your way up. All a lower minimum wage will do is increase the cost of items, services and eliminate jobs. No business will absorb that cost and minimum wage is already too high for new business. To hire 1 person, it costs a business $32,000 a year? That is more, believe it or not, then most new small business makes after expenses during their first 10 years. Then what? Absorb the cost and back to zero by hiring when they can afford it? That doesn’t make sense. Less people will be expected to do more and high wage earners will expect a wage increase or will leave to flip burgers. Meaning less jobs, higher expenses, higher stress at work, higher price of commodities and services, and skyrocketing inflation. Your $10 extra value meal will be $15. If people can’t afford a house at existing wage, wait till that 150K house can fetch 300K because of a 15 an hour minimum wage. Not everyone deserves a house where payments are $2000 a month. This is basic math. This isn’t rocket science, but apparently, it is for those who lack common sense.

  2. THIS WILL BE TOUGH ON THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER. It will likely mean many will hire fewer employees to try and keep costs inline. Look for a jump in consumer prices.

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