Recently, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne announced a plan that will increase the provincial minimum wage to $15 an hour by January 1st, 2019.


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The increase will take the next 18 months, wages will rise to $14 an hour on January 1st, 2018, and then to $15 the following January. The current minimum wage in Ontario is $11.40 an hour.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne

“People are working longer, jobs are less secure, benefits are harder to come by and protections are fewer and fewer,” said Wynne. “In a time of change like this, when the very nature of work is being transformed, we need to make certain that our workers are treated fairly.” 

The current minimum wage ranges from $10.72 in Saskatchewan to $13 in Nunavut. The first province to pass $15 an hour was Alberta in September 2016 but it won’t be in effect until October 2018.

Other changes include equal pay for part-time employees doing the same work as full-timers, minimum three weeks vacation for anybody who’s been with the same employer for five years and 10 personal emergency days for all workers (2 of the days are paid).

 

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