Further to our January 24, 2014 blog titled Rise in Ontario’s Minimum Wage Rate, the province has accepted the recommendations of the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel to make minimum wage fair and predictable by introducing Bill 165-Fair Minimum Wage Act, 2014 (“Act”).
Currently, the minimum wage rate in Ontario is set out in a regulation under the Employment Standards Act, 2000. The Act, if passed, will adjust minimum wage in accordance with Ontario’s Consumer Price Index (“CPI”) and as a result, will tie all annual increases in minimum wage occurring after October 1, 2015 to the CPI.
The adjusted wage will be calculated based on the previous minimum wage rate and any increases in CPI. All adjusted wage rates will be announced on April 1 of every year, and come into effect on October 1 of that same year.
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