Ontario Raising Minimum Wage

As part of the ‘2021 Fall Economic Statement,’ the Ontario government will introduce legislation that, if passed, would raise the general minimum wage from $14.35 to $15 per hour effective January 1. Students under 18 will also see an increase in their special minimum wage rates. Students under the age of 18 who work 28 hours a week or less when school is in session, or work during a school break or summer holidays, would see an increase from $13.50 to $14.10 an hour. The proposed changes are part of the government’s broader effort to support, protect, and attract workers, and make Ontario the top place to live, work, and raise a family. A full-time worker making the general minimum wage could see an annual earnings increase of $1,350 in 2022 under the proposed legislation. The industries employing the most minimum wage earners are accommodation and food services and retail trade. Nearly 37 per cent of workers at or below the proposed general minimum wage of $15 per hour are in retail trade.