Many Ontario workers are going to start the new year with some extra dough in their pockets, as the province’s minimum wage is increasing at the start of the month.
On January 1, workers will see their hourly wage increase from $11.60 to $14 as the new general minimum wage takes effect.
According to the province of Ontario, 55 per cent of all retail workers will receive the pay raise, which will “help bring millions of people from the margins of the economy to a place where they are able to better provide for their families and get ahead.”
Other changes coming into effect on January 1 include:
“Our plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs provides a minimum wage people can actually live on and modernizes our labour laws to address today’s world,” said Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour.
“Too many families struggle to get by on part-time or temporary work. Those working full-time can be living in poverty. This is unacceptable in Ontario. Our plan will help ensure everyone who works hard has the chance to reach their full potential and share in Ontario’s prosperity.”