One month after the last minimum wage increase the province has announced that they would like to increase it again.  On October 1st the minimum wage increased to $14.35 per hour.  The proposed changes would see this increased to $15.00 per hour on January 1, 2022.  The Ontario government has stated the reason for the increase is to keep up with the cost of living that has increased considerably during the pandemic.

In addition to the increase, the Liquor Servers Minimum Wage will be eliminated.  These employees will now see an increase from $12.55 per hour to the General rate of $15.00 per hour.  The belief was that customer tipping made up the difference, however more of these workers have seen their tips pooled and redistributed among staff.  This change would see these workers treated more fairly.

 

Minimum Wage Rate Rates from October 1, 2020 to September 30, 2021 Rates from October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022 Proposed increase as of January 1, 2022
General Minimum Wage $14.25 per hour $14.35 per hour $15.00 per hour
Student Minimum Wage $13.40 per hour $13.50 per hour $14.10 per hour
Liquor Servers Minimum Wage $12.45 per hour $12.55 per hour $15.00 per hour

 

For more information on the minimum wage please visit Ontario Minimum Wage