Ontario’s minimum wage will go up to $15 an hour, according to Premier Kathleen Wynne.
Wynne made the announcement on Tuesday morning while discussing labour reforms in Ontario.
The province is also increasing the minimum paid vacation from two weeks annually to three for all workers with five or more years with the same employer.
“The economy has changed. Work has changed. It’s time our laws and protections for workers changed too,” said Wynne in a statement. “Too many families are struggling to get by on part-time or contract work and unstable employment. And no one working full time in Ontario should live in poverty. With these changes, every worker in Ontario will be treated fairly, paid a living wage and have the opportunities they deserve.”
Wynne said that the government is moving forward with a landmark package of measures, and that includes the following:
“These changes will ensure every hard-working Ontarian has the chance to reach their full potential and share in Ontario’s prosperity,” said Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn. “Fairness and decency must be the defining values of our workplaces.”