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Ontario hiking minimum wage to $16.55 on October 1

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How much is the minimum wage going up in Ontario?

Ontario’s minimum wage is increasing to $16.55 per hour on October 1, 2023.

The change marks a 6.8 per cent ($1.05) hike from $15.50 per hour, set on October 1, 2022.

The announcement was made Friday by Ontario Labour Minister Monte McNaughton.

“I’m proud of my record around minimum wage, to increase it to $16.55 an hour, the highest of any province in the country,” he said. The Government of British Columbia has since announced that they are increasing their minimum wage to $16.75 an hour on June 1, 2023.

Other wage changes

The Ontario government introduced changes to other wages in the province on October 1:

  • Student Minimum Wage: rising to $15.60 per hour from $14.60 per hour.
  • Hunting, Fishing and Wilderness Guides Minimum Wage
    • The rate for working less than five consecutive hours in a day will rise to $82.85 from $77.80.
    • The rate for working five or more hours in a day will rise to $165.75 from $155.25.
  • Homeworkers Wage: rising to $18.20 per hour from $17.05 per hour

Increases across Canada

This news follows other recent hikes to minimum wage across Canada, including:

  • An increase in the federal minimum wage to $16.65 per hour on April 1, 2023
  • A jump in the Ontario minimum wage from $15.50 per hour to $16.55 per hour, on October 1, 2023.

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