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2011 Minimum Wage Rate Set - Highest of Canadian Provinces

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2011 Minimum Wage Rate Set - Highest of Canadian Provinces

McGuinty Government Striking the Right Balance

After seven consecutive increases, the Ontario minimum wage rate will remain at $10.25 per hour in 2011, the highest provincial minimum wage in Canada.

The Ontario minimum wage has increased by 50 percent with annual increases in the last seven years. These increases outpaced inflation in part to make up for a nine year minimum wage freeze between 1995 and 2004.

The McGuinty government has recently introduced a broad package of supports and tax relief for Ontario families including tax cuts, second career training, the Ontario Child Benefit and the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit - taking 10% off electricity bills.

In the fall of 2011, the government will appoint a committee representing both business and workers to provide advice on the minimum wage in advance of the 2012 budget.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario's minimum wage increases in the last seven years have outpaced the rate of inflation
  • 93 per cent of Ontarians received a tax cut last year, averaging $355 per family, and 90,000 Ontarians were removed from the tax rolls altogether
  • The Ontario Child Benefit is financial support for low-income families to help provide for their children.

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“Ontario families deserve a fair wage, and our businesses need stability and certainty. We're striking the right balance with a fair minimum wage, help for workers who need training support to find a job, and tax relief for families as well as 10% off electricity bills.”

Charles Sousa

Minister of Labour

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