Minimum wage increase coming to Ontario, three other provinces

On October 1, a minimum wage increase likely to affect numerous foodservice and hospitality operations will come into effect in four Canadian provinces.

In Ontario, the general minimum wage applying to most employees will increase by 10 cents from $14.25 to $14.35 per hour.

A 10 cent raise will also be applied to the student minimum wage and liquor servers’ minimum wage in the province. The student raise will go from $13.40 to $13.50, while the hourly rate for liquor servers will rise from $12.45 to $12.55. The liquor servers’ wage increase applies to employees who serve alcohol and regularly get tips.

However, this will leave the minimum wage still far below what’s considered a liveable wage. According to the Ontario Living Wage Network, Toronto-based employees need to make at least $22 per hour to cover expenses and participate in their community.

Meanwhile, Manitoba’s minimum wage will be increased by five cents to $11.95, based on a modest provincial inflation rate in 2020. It is expected that minimum wage will increase more substantially next October, as the economy and inflation rates return post-pandemic.

Manitoba’s rise will apply equally to all employees “regardless of age or the number of hours they work” and also includes staff who are paid incentives.

Saskatchewan will see the biggest rise in the minimum wage, increasing by 36 cents to $11.81.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, minimum wage workers’ hourly rates will increase by 25 cents to $12.75.

Northwest Territories’ own increase, from $13.46 to $15.20, came into effect on September 1.

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