Ontario increasing minimum wage. Again
Minister of Labour Kevin Flynn made the announcement today in Toronto. The increase announced today will come into effect on October 1, 2017, and continues the government's efforts to ensure more workers and their families are able to benefit from the province's growing economy.
As a result, full-time minimum wage earners in Ontario are now taking home $2,782 more per year than they did just four years ago.
Changes to the minimum wage are announced by April 1 of each year, and take effect on October 1. This gives businesses and workers time to plan for any increases.
By October 2017, the general minimum wage will have increased by almost 70 per cent since 2004, when it stood at $6.85.
The minimum wage remained frozen between 1996 and 2003. This will be the 11th minimum wage increase since 2004. ■