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Ontario raises minimum wage to $11.25


March 20, 2015
By Canadian Pizza

March 20, 2015, Toronto – Ontario will have the second
highest minimum wage in Canada as of October, when the minimum wage will rise from $11 to $11.25 per hour, the province said in a news release. 

March 20, 2015, Toronto – Ontario will have the second
highest minimum wage in Canada as of October, when the minimum wage will rise from $11 to $11.25 per hour, the province said in a news release.

Ontario is raising the general minimum wage from $11 to $11.25 per hour, effective October 1, 2015. Minimum wage rates for jobs in special categories (liquor servers, homeworkers, students, etc.) are also increasing at the same time, the release said.

The increase is the result of recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000
(ESA) that tie minimum-wage increases to Ontario's Consumer Price Index. This was recommended by the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel in its final report in 2014.

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This will be the ninth minimum wage increase since 2003.

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

Minimum wage increases are to be announced by April 1 each year, and will be effective on Oct. 1 of the same year.