McGuinty Government Raises Minimum Wage, Helps Lowest-Paid Workers

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McGuinty Government Raises Minimum Wage, Helps Lowest-Paid Workers

Minimum Wage Increases To $7.45 February 1, 2005 TORONTO, Jan. 3 - The McGuinty government is raising Ontario's minimum wage on February 1, 2005 for the second time since taking office, Labour Minister Chris Bentley announced today. "We are providing Ontario's lowest-paid and most vulnerable workers with the second increase in the minimum wage - after it had been frozen for nine years," said Bentley. "With the increase, we are providing an opportunity for all to benefit from Ontario's economic prosperity." The general minimum wage will be raised to $7.45 per hour on February 1, 2005, and there will be annual increases in each of the next two years until it reaches $8 per hour in early 2007. Last February, the rate was raised from $6.85 to $7.15, the first increase in nine years. "By gradually increasing the minimum wage, the government is moving responsibly," said Bentley. "A phased-in approach is part of our government's plan to improve the quality of life for people in the province while giving Ontario businesses time to adjust so that they can remain competitive with business in other jurisdictions." Other minimum wage rates will also increase on February 1, 2005. The minimum wage for: - Students under 18 years old and employed for not more than 28 hours a week will rise from $6.70 to $6.95 per hour - Liquor servers will increase from $6.20 to $6.50 per hour - Hunting and fishing guides currently paid a minimum of $35.75 for less than five consecutive hours in a day and $71.50 for five or more hours in a day (whether or not the hours are consecutive) will also increase to $37.25 and $74.50 respectively. "The increase is part of the McGuinty government's plan to strengthen our greatest competitive advantage - our people," said Bentley. "By phasing in the minimum wage increases, we can help these workers benefit from Ontario's economic growth while keeping Ontario businesses competitive." BACKGROUNDER ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ONTARIO'S MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE - Ontario's current general minimum wage is $7.15 per hour. - The general minimum wage for Ontario workers rose to $7.15 per hour on February 1, 2004. It was the first increase in nine years. It will rise again to $7.45 on February 1, 2005. Further increases will follow on an annual basis, bringing the minimum wage to $8 per hour by February 2007. - By phasing in these increases, the government is helping low-income workers while giving Ontario businesses the opportunity to adjust so that they can stay competitive with other Canadian and American jurisdictions. ------------------------------------------------------------ Ontario General Minimum Wage Rate/hr Implementation Date ------------------------------------------------------------ $6.85 January 1995 ------------------------------------------------------------ $7.15 February 1, 2004 ------------------------------------------------------------ $7.45 February 1, 2005 ------------------------------------------------------------ $7.75 February 1, 2006 ------------------------------------------------------------ $8.00 February 1, 2007 ------------------------------------------------------------ Minimum Wage Increases for Specific Job Categories: ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Minimum Previously February 1, February 1, February 1, February 1, Wage Rate (since 1995) 2004 2005 2006 2007 ------------------------------------------------------------------------- General $6.85 $7.15 $7.45 $7.75 $8.00 Minimum per hour per hour per hour per hour per hour Wage ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Students $6.40 $6.70 $6.95 $7.25 $7.50 under 18 per hour per hour per hour per hour per hour and working not more than 28 hours per week ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Liquor $5.95 $6.20 $6.50 $6.75 $6.95 server per hour per hour per hour per hour per hour ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hunting $34.25: paid $35.75 $37.25 $38.75 $40.00 and this minimum Fishing rate for less guides than five consecutive hours in a day; $68.50: for $71.50 $74.50 $77.50 $80.00 five or more hours in a day whether or not the hours are consecutive ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Homeworkers 110 per 110 per 110 per 110 per 110 per (defined cent of the cent of cent of cent of cent of as people general the the the the doing paid minimum general general general general work in wage minimum minimum minimum minimum their home wage wage wage wage for an employer) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Contact Info Contact: Belinda Sutton Ministry of Labour 416-326-7405 Disponible en français www.gov.on.ca/lab/ For further information: Contacts: Peter Fitzpatrick, Minister's Office, (416) 326-7710; Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405 HELP | CONTACT US | PRIVACY | IMPORTANT NOTICES © Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2008-2009 — Last Modified: February 15, 2009 For further information: Contacts: Peter Fitzpatrick, Minister's Office, (416) 326-7710; Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405