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Province raising minimum wage

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Ontario will raise the general minimum wage from $11.25 to $11.40 on Oct. 1—keeping Ontario’s wage the highest of any province.

Minimum wage rates for liquor servers, students under the age of 18, hunting and fishing guides, and homeworkers also will increase at the same time.

Changes to the minimum wage are announced by April 1 and come into effect on Oct. 1 to give businesses time to plan.

This increase is the result of changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 that tie minimum-wage increases to Ontario’s Consumer Price Index, a recommendation by the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel.

“It’s important for people to know that there is a consistent, transparent, and fair approach to setting the province’s minimum wage that ensures workers receive annual increases that keep up with inflation,” said Labour minister Kevin Flynn.

“It’s also important we provide predictability to businesses so they can prepare for annual wage increases,” he noted.

“This helps to build a more prosperous economy and a fairer society for all.”

This is the 10th minimum wage increase since 2003.

The government enacted legislation in 2014 that amended the Employment Standards Act, 2000 to tie future annual increases to minimum wage to the Consumer Price Index for Ontario.

The primary sectors employing minimum wage earners are accommodation and food, retail trade, and agriculture.

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