Ontario government raises minimum wage

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Ontario government raises minimum wage

Increase Helps Lowest-Paid And Most Vulnerable Workers Contact Info TORONTO, Jan. 3 - The Ontario government is raising the minimum wage on February 1, 2007, for the fourth time since taking office, Labour Minister Steve Peters announced today. "We are providing Ontario's lowest-paid and most vulnerable workers with the fourth increase in the minimum wage in four years," said Peters. "It is to Ontario's economic advantage to see that our workers are paid a fair wage." The general minimum wage will be raised to $8.00 per hour on February 1, 2007. This is the final increase in a four-year initiative that began February 1, 2004, at which time the government undertook to raise the minimum wage for the first time since 1995. It was phased in over a four-year period to allow Ontario business time to adjust and remain competitive. Other minimum wage rates will also increase on February 1, 2007. The minimum wage for: - Students under 18 years old and employed for not more than 28 hours a week during the school year or employed during a school holiday, will rise from $7.25 to $7.50 per hour - Liquor servers will increase from $6.75 to $6.95 per hour - Hunting and fishing guides currently paid a minimum of $38.75 for less than five consecutive hours in a day and $77.50 for five or more hours in a day (whether or not the hours are consecutive) will also increase to $40.00 and $80.00 respectively. "The increase is part of the McGuinty government's investment in people," said Peters. "By phasing in the minimum wage increases, we can help these workers benefit from Ontario's economic growth while keeping Ontario businesses competitive." Disponible en français www.labour.gov.on.ca Backgrounder ------------------------------------------------------------------------- ONTARIO'S MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE - Ontario's current general minimum wage is $7.75 per hour. - The general minimum wage for Ontario workers rose to $7.75 per hour on February 1, 2006. It will rise again to $8.00 on February 1, 2007. ------------------------------------------------ Ontario General Implementation Date Minimum Wage Rate/hr ------------------------------------------------ $6.85 January 1, 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 under 18 and working not more than 28 hours per week during the school year or working during a school $6.40 $6.70 $6.95 $7.25 $7.50 holiday per hour per hour per hour per hour per hour ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Liquor $5.95 $6.20 $6.50 $6.75 $6.95 servers per hour per hour per hour per hour per hour ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hunting and $34.25: $35.75 $37.25 $38.75 $40.00 fishing paid this guides minimum rate for working less than five consecutive hours in a day; $68.50: $71.50 $74.50 $77.50 $80.00 for working 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 cent of cent of cent of cent of as employees the the the the the who do paid general general general general general work in minimum minimum minimum minimum minimum their home wage wage wage wage wage for an employer) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disponible en français www.labour.gov.on.ca For further information: Public Inquiries: 1-800-531-5551, www.ontario.ca/minimumwage; Media Contacts: Susan McConnell, 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: Public Inquiries: 1-800-531-5551, www.ontario.ca/minimumwage; Media Contacts: Susan McConnell, Minister's Office, (416) 326-7710; Belinda Sutton, Ministry of Labour, (416) 326-7405