The Ontario minimum wage is set to hit the $14 an hour mark on January 1, 2018.
The new minimum wage is part of the Ontario Liberal government’s plan to boost it to the $15 in 2019. If the Progressive Conservatives win the provincial election in June, the $15 increase will be spread over several years.
The increase is part of several labour reforms announced by the government earlier this year, including requirements that employers pay part-time, casual and temporary employees the same rate as full-time employees for the same job. Employees will also be eligible for 10 days of personal emergency leave per year, two of which must be paid – no doctor’s note required.
A poll released Thursday by the Angus Reid Institute suggests a majority (60 per cent) of Ontario residents support the province’s plan to increase its minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2019.
“A new analysis of quarterly polling data by the Angus Reid Institute shows that the party may have found at least one one in recently passed legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2019. Six-in-ten Ontarians (60%) say they support new law – twice as many as oppose it (30%).”