Minimum wage is the lowest wage rate that an employer can legally pay its employees and is seen as a core labour standard to which employers must abide by. With the effects of inflation, especially the cost of living consistently increasing across Canada, it is inevitable for the minimum wage in each province to rise.
In this article, we review four of the most noteworthy developments. As Premier Ford currently leads a majority government, it is expected that the changes listed below will all eventually become law.
On November 4, 2021, the Ontario government released the 2021 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review: Build Ontario plan which proposes raising the Ontario general minimum wage from $14.35 to $15.00 per hour, effective January 1, 2022.