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Ontario raising minimum wage to $15 per hour

Staff Writer |
Ontario is proposing the largest increase to the minimum wage in the province's history, raising it to $15 per hour, as part of a plan to create better jobs and fair workplaces.

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This will give more than a quarter of employees in the province a pay increase and will help ensure that more workers are benefitting from Ontario's economic growth.

Ontario's economy has outperformed all G7 countries in real GDP growth over the past three years, and unemployment is at a 16-year low. But the nature of work is also changing.

People are working longer, jobs are less secure and benefits are not the same as they used to be. Many employees are working long hours and still struggling to support their families on the current minimum wage of $11.40.

Premier Kathleen Wynne was at the YWCA Toronto today to talk about the government's plan to increase the minimum wage to $14 per hour on January 1, 2018, and $15 per hour on January 1, 2019, followed by annual increases at the rate of inflation.

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