Minimum Wage Changes Underway in Ontario

2014-05-15 14:42

Ontario has not seen a wage increase within its job market since 2010, but did you know that minimum wage will changing on June 1st of this year? Explore the resources listed below to find out the specific changes to the minimum wage:

Minimum Wage Rates

Minimum Wage RateCurrent Wage RatesEffective June 1st, 2014
General Minimum Wage$10.25 per hour$11.00 per hour
Student Minimum Wage$9.60 per hour$10.30 per hour
Liquor Servers Minimum Wage$8.90 per hour$9.55 per hour
Hunting/Fishing Guides Minimum Wage Rates$51.25 (or) $102.50$55.00 for working less than 5 consecutive hours in a day (or) $110.00 for working 5 or more hours in a day regardless in they are consecutive or not
Home-workers Wage$11.28 per hour$12.10 per hour

General Minimum Wage – This rate applies to most employees.

Student Wage – This rate applies to students under the age of 18 who work 28 hours a week or less when school is in session, or work during a school break or summer holidays.

Liquor Servers Wage – This hourly rate applies to employees who serve liquor directly to customers or guests in licensed premises as a regular part of their work. ‘’Licensed premises’’ are business for which a license or permit has been issued under the Liquor License Act.

Hunting and Fishing Guides Wage – The minimum wage for hunting and fishing guides is based on blocks of time instead of by the hour. They get a minimum amount for working less than five consecutive hours in a day, and a different amount for working five hours or more in a day, regardless if the hours are consecutive.

Home-workers Wage – Home-workers are employees who do paid work in their own homes. For example, they may sew clothes for a clothing manufacturer, answer telephone calls for a call centre, or write software for a high-tech company. Note that students of any age (including students under the age of 18 years) who are employed as home-workers must be paid the home-worker’s minimum wage.

If the minimum wage rate changes during a pay period, the pay period will be treated as if it were two separate pay periods and the employee will be entitled to at least the minimum wage that applies in each of those periods.

This information as well as more detailed aspects of the minimum wage rate changes can be located on the official government of Ontario website. Click here for access.