Did You Know? Ontario Minimum Wage is Increasing in October 2015

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Did_You_Know_Ontario_Minimum_Wage_is_Increasing_in_October_2015Effective October 1, 2015, hourly minimum wage in Ontario will be increased from $11 to $11.25. This increase will result in Ontario becoming the second province in Canada to pay the highest minimum wage (the first being Northwest Territories at $12.50 per hour).

Why is minimum wage increasing in Ontario?

Minimum wage is increasing as a result of the recent changes made in the Employment Standard Act, 2000, which ties to Ontario’s Consumer Price Index. Minimum wage increases are based on the rate of inflation.

Does this affect me?

If you are a current assignment employee under Liberty Staffing Services, the increase in the Ontario minimum wage may affect you. If you are currently employed with a company which pays you minimum wage, your wages will increase by 25 cents effective October 1. Whether you are a full-time or part-time employee receiving minimum wage, your pay will increase following October 1. Individuals who receive a wage of $11.25 or more from their employer before October 1 are not entitled to receive a wage increase. Any increases beyond this minimum rate will be made at the sole discretion of the employer.

How do I receive my pay increase?

If you are eligible to receive a wage increase on October 1, you will automatically receive the appropriate funds in your paycheque or bank account (if paid by direct deposit).

If you have any further questions about Ontario’s minimum wage increase, please visit the Ontario Ministry of Labour website.

Discuss Ontario’s minimum wage increase with your current employer, or contact Liberty Staffing today for more information.

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Megan Lacombe

Megan is a Media Communications professional at Liberty Staffing. She has experience working as a Freelance Writer for a variety of companies online. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, photography, running, and kayaking. An avid reader, she reads anything, anywhere. She puts creativity and passion into everything that she does. Her favourite quote is “Create the things you wish existed” by Anonymous.

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