Ontario’s general minimum wage will increase from $11.00 to $11.25 on October 1, 2015. This increase will make the province the second-highest rate in the country (after the Northwest Territories, which will see a jump from $10.00 to $12.50 on June 1, 2015).

Minimum wage will also increase in special categories, including liquor servers, homeworkers, and students.  Click here for details regarding special minimum wage categories.

This increase is the result of recent changes to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 that tied minimum wage to inflation. For some of the other recent and upcoming changes to the ESA, have a look at our blog on Bill 18: Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act.

If a change to the minimum 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.  The employee will be entitled to at least the minimum wage that applies in each of those periods.

Canada-Wide Minimum Wage Update (as of March 24, 2014)

Ontario is one of many Canadian jurisdictions that will see minimum wage increases this year. For your reference, here are the current and announced minimum wage rates in all Canadian jurisdictions:

Click here to view table.