Have you heard?

Everyone has probably heard about increases to the minimum wage in Ontario. There is currently one set increase this fall and two further increases proposed by the Ontario government. The plan is to have the increase phased in over the next two years. Here is what you need to know:

Minimum Wage Categories Current to Sept. 30, 2017 Oct. 1, 2017, to Dec. 31, 2017 Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018


Jan 1, 2019 to Sept. 30, 2019



General Minimum Wage



$11.40 per hour


$11.60 $14.00 $15.00
Students under 18 who work not more than 28 hours per week when school is in session, or work during a school break or summer holidays


$10.70 per hour $10.90 $13.15 $14.10
Liquor Servers $9.90 per hour $10.10 $12.20 $13.05


What if the minimum wage increases during my pay period?

If a change to the wage rate comes into effect partway through an employee’s pay period, the pay period will be treated as if it were two separate pay periods, and the employee will be entitled to at least the minimum wage that applies in each of those periods. You can also choose to pay the new higher wage for the entire period.


To further explain classifying your employees and see more categories for special work situations, please visit the Ministry of Labour website or contact us at 1-866-822-9992.


Co-written by: Corinne Sales & Steve Haller