Ontario is taking the next step to ensure the province’s minimum wage keeps pace with the cost of living, and that increases are fair for families and predictable for businesses in Scarborough-Guildwood.
The province is introducing the Fair Minimum Wage Act today, which, if passed, would tie future annual minimum wage increases to Ontario’s Consumer Price Index. Under the proposed legislation, increases to the general minimum wage and all special categories would be announced by April 1 of each year, and come into effect on Oct. 1.
The proposed legislation follows the province’s commitment to increase minimum wage from $10.25 to $11 per hour on June 1, 2014.
Increasing the minimum wage and establishing a fair and predictable way of setting future adjustments is part of the government's economic plan that is creating jobs for today and tomorrow in Scarborough-Guildwood. The comprehensive plan and its six priorities focus on Ontario's greatest strength — its people and strategic partnerships.
“Increasing the minimum wage and ensuring that it keeps up with the cost of living in the future will help improve the standard of living for hardworking people in Scarborough-Guildwood.
Doing so in a predictable and transparent way allows our local businesses to plan for their future, stay competitive and continue to create jobs.”
— Mitzie Hunter, MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood
“Our government is focused on creating the jobs of today and tomorrow by ensuring fairness for people working on minimum wage and predictability for business. Linking future adjustments to keep up with the cost of living is fair, transparent and responsible. Taking the politics out of setting minimum wage provides fairness for workers’ and their families and predictability for businesses to stay competitive and create jobs.”
— Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Labour
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