On January 30, 2014, the Ontario government announced that the minimum wage will increase from $10.25 to $11 per hour, effective June 1, 2014. This new rate reflects the rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since the last minimum wage increase in 2010.
In addition, the government announced its intention to introduce new legislation that would, if passed, tie future minimum wage increases to the CPI. Under the proposed legislation, increases would be announced by April 1 and come into effect on October 1. This will ensure the minimum wage keeps up with the cost of living, and that increases are predictable for businesses.
The proposed legislation would act on the recommendations of Ontario’s Minimum Wage Advisory Panel. For more on the minimum wage debate and advisory panel final report, read this complimentary article on HRinfodesk here.
First Reference Managing Editor