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  • January 30, 2014

Increasing Minimum Wage for Workers in Scarborough-Guildwood

New Legislation Would Tie Minimum Wage to Consumer Price Index


January 30, 2014


Ontario is increasing the minimum wage from $10.25 to $11 per hour on June 1, 2014. This new rate reflects the rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since the last minimum wage increase in 2010 and is part of the provincial government’s commitment to fairness.


The government will also introduce legislation that would tie future minimum wage increases to the CPI. This will ensure the minimum wage keeps up with the cost of living, and that increases are predictable for businesses and families in Scarborough-Guildwood. Under the proposed legislation, increases would be announced by April 1 and come into effect on Oct. 1.


The proposed legislation would act on the recommendations ofOntario’s Minimum Wage Advisory Panel, which included business, labour, youth and anti-poverty representatives.


Ensuring the minimum wage is fair and predictable for both workers and business is part of theOntariogovernment’s economic plan to invest in people, build modern infrastructure and support a dynamic and innovative business climate. 




“A raise in minimum wage will be sure to improve the lives of the hardworking people of Scarborough-Guildwood, while also keeping in mind that local businesses have the predictability necessary to plan for the future.”

— Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood


“Our government is focused on helping hardworking Ontarians by ensuring fairness for people living on minimum wage and predictability for business. By establishing a transparent, fair and responsible method of setting minimum wage in the future, we are taking the politics out of minimum wage. This will provide fairness forOntarioworkers and their families and predictability and transparency for our businesses to remain competitive and succeed.”

— Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Labour



  • The 75 cent increase reflects the annual change inOntario’s Consumer Price Index (CPI) since the last increase on March 31, 2010.


  • The province’s Minimum Wage Advisory Panel recommends that the province perform a full review of its minimum wage rates and revision process every five years.


  • The panel held 10 public consultations across the province and received more than 400 submissions from organizations, businesses, and individual Ontarians.


  •  Increasing the minimum wage supportsOntario’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. In the first three years of the strategy, approximately 47,000 children and their families were lifted out of poverty.
  • The current minimum wage is $10.25 per hour. It has increased nearly 50 per cent since 2003.



Read the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel’s Report.


Know your rights and responsibilities under Ontario’s Employment Standards Act, 2000.



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