Prime Minister Doug Ford says the Ontario government will raise the province’s minimum wage to $ 15 an hour before the new year.
The minimum wage will increase on January 1 to $ 15 per hour from the current $ 14.35.
He also announced that the lower rate for liquor servers due to customer tips will also increase and match the new provincial minimum wage. The minimum hourly wage for servers and bartenders will be harmonized to $ 15, up from the current $ 12.55.
“Pork servers have previously received below the general minimum wage, based on the belief that customers’ tips can make the difference,” the government said in a press release Tuesday. “But many of these workers have increasingly seen their tips collected and redistributed among many employees, making it harder for them to make ends meet.”
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Ford said a full-time minimum wage would see an increase of $ 1,350 a year.
“For many Ontarians, wages have not kept pace with rising living costs, making it harder than ever to make ends meet,” Ford said. “The least the government can do is make sure we make life more affordable for them by putting real dollars in their pocket.”
In addition, students under the age of 18 who work 28 hours or less during the school year or during the summer will see an increase from $ 13.50 to $ 14.10 per hour.
Domestic workers performing paid work out of their homes for their employer would see an increase from $ 15.80 and ours to $ 16.50 per hour.
Likewise, hunting and fishing guides have a minimum rate of $ 71.75 to work less than five hours in a row in a day and $ 143.55 to work five or more hours in a day. The new price will see an increase to $ 75 and $ 150.05, respectively.
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Earlier, Ford canceled the planned increase to $ 15 per hour in 2019, when the progressive conservatives took power from the liberals.
On January 1, 2018, Ontario’s minimum wage rose to $ 14 per hour from $ 11.60. The former Liberal government had planned another increase to $ 15, but the PCs stopped this move, citing complaints from companies about what would have been the equivalent of a more than 20 percent jump from $ 11.60 to $ 15.
– with files from Global News’ Matthew Bingley & The Canadian Press
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