May 30, 2017 Ontario Minimum Wage Items Announced Today
The minimum wage will rise to $14 an hour on Jan. 1, 2018 and is set to increase to $15 the following year. About 10 per cent of Ontario workers are currently making minimum wage, but about 30 per cent are making less than $15 an hour.
Lower minimum wages for students under 18 and liquor servers will also rise during the same time frame, but those exemptions to the minimum wage will not be eliminated.
The changes to workplace laws will also establish rules for scheduling, including making employers pay three hours of wages if they cancel a shift with fewer than 48 hours notice.
Personal emergency leave would also be expanded. Currently it is only available to employees at companies with more than 50 people, but proposed legislation would ensure all employees in the province get 10 days per year, two of them paid.
This bill if passed will result in higher prices in the economy at fast food locations, full service gas bars, and any other business that has stafff under $14 and $15 dollars currently. This will also cause more automation in front line service industry jobs, and fewer students 18-25 years old gettng first jobs as training positions and gain work place experience, and those employeed in the $17 to $18 range can see those jobs get cut to $15 and $16 range so that companies remain competitive with the new changes. The things that the government forgot to mention in the announcement today.