Ontario Minimum Wage Increasing to $11.25 on October 1, 2015

On March 19, 2015, the Ontario government announced that the general minimum wage will increase from $11 to $11.25 per hour, effective October 1, 2015. A list of the new minimum wage rates for students, liquor servers, hunting and fishing guides and homeworkers is available on the Ministry of Labour’s website. Background information on the…

Minimum Wage Increase to Come Into Effect June 1, 2014

Employers are reminded that the minimum wage rate prescribed under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (“ESA”) will be increasing on June 1, 2014, notwithstanding the recent dissolution of the Legislature and subsequent election call. As previously reported on our legislative blog, the increase to the minimum wage rate was accomplished by regulation on February 14,…

Ontario Introduces Legislation Tying Minimum Wage to CPI

Further to the Ontario government’s previously reported commitment to tie future minimum wage increases to the province’s Consumer Price Index, Bill 165, the Fair Minimum Wage Act, 2014 was introduced on February 26, 2014. Bill 165 would amend the Employment Standards Act, 2000 and create a new section 23.1, setting out a framework for the…

Ontario Files ESA Regulatory Amendment Implementing New Minimum Wage Effective June 1, 2014

As previously reported, Ontario’s minimum wage is increasing to $11 effective June 1, 2014. On February 14, 2014, the Ontario government filed O. Reg. 31/14 amending O. Reg. 285/01 made under the Employment Standards Act, 2000 (Exemptions, Special Rules and Establishment of Minimum Wage) to implement these changes.

Ontario Budget 2008

INTRODUCTION Amid growing economic uncertainty, the Honourable Dwight Duncan, Ontario’s Minister of Finance, tabled the 2008 Ontario Budget, “Growing a Stronger Ontario” before the Ontario Legislature on March 25, 2008. A possible U.S. recession, a Canadian dollar hovering near parity with the U.S. greenback, soaring energy and resource costs, and relentless competition from overseas have…

Ontario Election 2007: A New Public Holiday and More

IN THIS ISSUE: A New Holiday Minimum Wage Changes Uploading of Social Service Costs School Boards Business The Health Platform On October 11th, the Ontario Liberal Party won the provincial election, and will enjoy a majority government led once again by Premier Dalton McGuinty. While much of the media coverage of the election campaign focused…