Ontario Workers Receive First Paycheques with New Minimum Wage

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Higher Wages Will Help Increase Business Productivity, Decrease Employee Turnover

Many workers across the province have now seen Ontario’s increased minimum wage reflected in their weekly pay. The general minimum wage rose from $11.60 to $14 on January 1, 2018, and will increase again to $15 on January 1, 2019.

Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn visited HotBlack Coffee in Toronto today to meet with workers who received their first paycheques following the increase. They discussed the benefits a higher minimum wage brings for both workers and employers, including happier, more motivated employees and better workforce stability.

Other provisions that came into effect on January 1, 2018 include:

Expanding personal emergency leave to 10 days per calendar year for all employees, with at least two paid days per year for employees who have been employed for at least a week

Ensuring workers are entitled to at least three weeks’ vacation after five years with the same employer

Providing workers with up to 17 weeks off without the fear of losing their job when a worker or their child has experienced or is threatened with domestic or sexual violence, including a paid leave for the first five days

Increasing family medical leave from 8 to 28 weeks per year
Changes to make it easier to form a union and reach a first collective agreement

To enforce these changes, the province is hiring up to 175 more employment standards officers. It is also launching a program to educate both employees and businesses about their rights and obligations under the Employment Standards Act.

Ontario’s plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change includes raising the minimum wage, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Enjoy it when you can. This raise will be the bench mark for all future wage demands across the province and when the dust settles, after commodities are increased to match, the people in this bottom sector will be no better off than before.
    The people most affected will be retired people like myself on a fixed income who won’t see a raise plus a lot of jobs will be leaving Ontario such as call centres, yes they don’t pay a lot but they are an income for a lot of people.
    Are backward boneheads running this province?

  2. “To enforce these changes, the province is hiring up to 175 more employment standards officers”. So, let’s see that’s 175 x $75,000/year = $13.125 million dollars. Wowww, more bureaucrats for this liberal Ontario gov’t that taxpayers have to pay for. More costs on top of the costs that all of us, including all those small/med. businesses that are already struggling, have to pay out. And why, you might say ??? Simple. wynne is trying to convince as many of you that she can fool that she is the only carrying politician; wynne’s wants you to believe that only she cares for the little people. Folks, wynne is spending your tax dollars; no, she is wasting your tax dollars so you will vote for her in June’s election. And,sadly, some of you will fall for it and the end result is- we will pay dearly if wynne finds a way to win.
    THIS PROVINCE CAN NOT AFFORD ANOTHER 4 YEARS OF A wynne government !!!!!!!! Seriously……..

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