For a while now many Ontarians have been calling for a minimum wage that reflects the cost of living. That was believed to be at $15 an hour. And now it’s happening.
This morning, Kathleen Wynn announced that their plan is to increase Ontarios minimum wage to $15 an hour. It will happen over the next 18 months. First it will be raised to $14 an hour on January 1st 2018. Then to $15 an hour on January 1st 2019. .
The current minimum wage is sitting at $11.40 an hour. About 30 per cent of Ontario workers currently make less than $15 an hour.
She also announced a few other proposed changes:
- Equal pay for part-time workers who are doing the same job as a full-time workers.
- After five years with the same employer, minimum vacation entitlement for workers would rise to three weeks annually.
- Employers would be required to pay a worker three hours of wages if they cancel a shift with less than 48 hours notice.
- All workers would be given 10 personal emergency leave days a year, and a minimum of two of those days must be paid.
More details below, including live video.