Ontario Government Raises Minimum Wage

Ontario has raised its minimum wage from $11 to $11.25 an hour effective Oct 1.

This increase in wages will give Ontario workers the second highest rate in Canada, following the Northwest Territories.

In the fall, the Liberal provincial government enacted a legislation that ties minimum wage to inflation. According to the law, each year a new rate will be announced by April 1 and enacted that October.

While general minimum wage increased from the current $11, minimum wage for students will rise to $10.55 and for liquor services to $9.80.

This rise will be the ninth wage increase since the Liberals took power in 2003.

British Columbia also announced an increase in its minimum wage. It was raised by 20 cents from $10.25 to $10.45 as a result of B.C.’s consumer price index.

Minimum wage is the lowest wage rate an employer must pay an employee and reflects the minimum cost of living in the province.

Public reaction to the news on Sheridan campus is mixed, with students wondering if this raise will really make a difference.

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