McGuinty Government Helps Lowest-Paid Workers

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McGuinty Government Helps Lowest-Paid Workers

Minimum Wage Increases To $7.45 February 1, 2005 TORONTO, Jan. 31 - Nearly 200,000 Ontarians will receive a pay raise tomorrow when the McGuinty government increases the minimum wage for the second time in two years, 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." On February 1, 2005, the general minimum wage will increase to $7.45 per hour, and there will be annual increases in each of the next two years until it reaches $8 per hour in February 2007. Last February, the rate was raised from $6.85 to $7.15. Other minimum wage rates will also increase tomorrow. The minimum wage for: - Students under 18 years old and employed for not more than 28 hours a week or employed during a school holiday will increase 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. "This is part of the McGuinty government's plan to strengthen our greatest competitive advantage - our people," said Bentley. Disponible en fran├žais 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