Largest increase to minimum wage in province's history
Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Ontario is taking historic action to create more opportunity and security for workers with a plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs.
Ontario is committed to moving forward in a balanced way. Ontario will work closely with businesses of all sizes to support them as these changes come into effect, so they can continue to succeed and keep the economy strong. Raising the minimum wage will help businesses by improving productivity, increasing employee retention and boosting the purchasing power of workers.
To help safeguard employees and create fairer and better workplaces, Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that Ontario is moving forward with a landmark package of measures, including:
- Raising Ontario's general minimum wage to $14 per hour on January 1, 2018, and then to $15 on January 1, 2019, followed by annual increases at the rate of inflation
- Mandating equal pay for part-time, temporary, casual and seasonal employees doing the same job as full-time employees; and equal pay for temporary help agency employees doing the same job as permanent employees at the agencies' client companies
- Expanding personal emergency leave to include an across-the-board minimum of at least two paid days per year for all workers
- Bringing Ontario's vacation time into line with the national average by ensuring at least three weeks' vacation after five years with a company
- Making employee scheduling fairer, including requiring employees to be paid for three hours of work if their shift is cancelled within 48 hours of its scheduled start time.