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Minimum Wage Increases for October 1, 2016

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Minimum Wage Increases for October 1, 2016

Ministry of Labour

Ontario is increasing minimum wage rates - the lowest rate that can be paid by employers to employees. 

Between 1996 and 2003, the general minimum wage in Ontario was frozen at $6.85/hr., but increased annually between 2004 and 2010, and again in 2014 and 2015. Previous to today's announcement, the most recent increase took the general minimum wage from $11/hr. to $11.25/hr. That increase was the result of the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act - passed November 2014 - that tied changes to the minimum wage to the Ontario Consumer Price Index.

Minimum Wage Rates

Job CategoriesOct. 1, 2015 to Sept. 30, 2016Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017

General Minimum Wage

$11.25 per hour 

$11.40 per hour

Students under 18 who work not more than 28 hours per weekwhen school is in session, or work during a school break or summer holidays

$10.55 per hour

$10.70 per hour

Liquor server

$9.80 per hour

$9.90 per hour

Hunting and Fishing guides

$56.30: Rate for workingless than five consecutive hours in a day

$112.60: Rate for working five or more hours in a day whether or not the hours are consecutive



Homeworkers (employees doing paid work in their own home for an employer)

$12.40 per hour 

$12.55 per hour

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