Ontario increasing minimum wage to $11.25, second highest in Canada
Published Thursday, March 19, 2015 9:44AM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, March 19, 2015 10:36AM EDT
Ontario is raising the hourly minimum wage by 25 cents starting in October, raising the wage to the second highest in the country.
In a statement Thursday, the Ministry of Labour said, as a result of recent changes to the Employment Standards Act the general minimum wage will increase from $11 to $11.25 per hour, effective Oct. 1.
Upgrades to the act tie the minimum wage to Statistics Canada's Consumer Price Index.
Ontario and Nunavut currently pay the highest minimum wages at $11 per hour, but the minimum wage in Northwest Territories will increase to $12.50 in June.
Minimum wages in Canada are as follows (ranked from highest to lowest):
- Northwest Territories $12.50
- Ontario $11.25
- Nunavut $11
- Yukon Territory $10.72
- Manitoba $10.70
- Nova Scotia $10.40
- Prince Edward Island $10.35
- Quebec $10.35
- New Brunswick $10.30
- British Columbia $10.25
- Newfoundland and Labrador $10.25
- Alberta $10.20
- Saskatchewan $10.20
Minimum wage rates will also increase for those working in special categories including liquor servers, homeworkers and students.
A detailed list of increases is available below: