On Tuesday morning, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynn announced that the provincial government will increase the minimum wage in the province to $15/hour.
The phasing will take place over 18 months. The first phase will take place on January 1st, 2018, when it will be raised to $14/hour. On January 1st, 2019, it will go up another dollar to 15 dollars.
Ontario’s current minimum wage sits at $11.40/hour. About 30 per cent of Ontario workers currently make less than $15 an hour.
Other changes coming include:
- Equal pay for part-time workers that are doing the same job as their full-time workers counterparts.
- The minimum vacation entitlement for workers would rise to three weeks annually for employees who work for the same employer for 5 years.
- Employers would be required to pay a worker 3 hours of wages if they cancel a shift with less than 48 hours notice.
- All workers will be given 10 personal emergency leave days a year. A minimum of two of those days must be paid.