According to an official announcement by Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ontario will raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour by the end of 2019. This change will ensure equal pay for part-time workers and also, will increase the minimum vacation entitlement as part of a major labour overhaul.
Wynne made the announcement back on Tuesday as a perfect response to a government-commissioned report which was released a while ago. That report included 173 recommendations addressing precarious work.
Wynne said: “Change in the workplace isn’t just on the horizon, it’s here. People are working longer, jobs are less secure, benefits are harder to come by and protections are fewer and fewer. In a time of change like this, when the very nature of work is being transformed, we need to make certain that our workers are treated fairly.”
The review about the Changing Workplaces came to a conclusion that new technology, fewer union jobs, a shrinking manufacturing sector and other factors are the ones that have left approximately one-third of Ontario’s 6.6 million workers vulnerable.
The minimum wage is currently strongly indexed to inflation. It has been set to rise from $11.40 to $11.60 in October, this year. The minimum wage increase will make a real difference in millions of lives.
By the end of this year, the minimum wage will rise to $14 an hour! It is also planned to increase to $15 the following year. Did you know that around 10 per cent of Ontario workers are currently making minimum wage, but there are about 30 per cent that are making less than $15 an hour.
Wynne also said: “It has always been a challenge to raise a family on a minimum-wage job. But in recent years, it has become almost impossible. And the reality is more and more people are having to do it.”
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