Minimum wage in Ontario gets an increase today

The general minimum wage has been set at $14.35 an hour

The minimum wage in Ontario — the lowest wage rate an employer can pay an employee — increases today (Oct. 1).

Under the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, this increase is tied to the Ontario Consumer Price Index for 2020.

The increase to the general minimum wage is 10 cents, which brings the new rate to $14.35 an hour. The student minimum wage has been set at $13.50 an hour, and the rate for liquor servers has been increased to $12.55 an hour.

On October 1 of every year starting in 2020, the minimum wage rates may increase annually. The new rates to come into effect on October 1 will be published on or before April 1 of every year, beginning in 2020.

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.

— Employment Standards Act: Minimum wage |

Most employees are eligible for minimum wage, whether they are full-time, part-time, casual employees, or are paid an hourly rate, commission, piece rate, flat rate or salary.

If an employee’s pay is based completely or partly on commission, it must amount to at least the minimum wage for each hour the employee has worked.

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