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Ontario Employers Take Note: Minimum Wage Is Increasing October 1, 2020

Employers operating in Ontario, Canada should be aware that Ontario’s minimum wage rate is set to increase on October 1, 2020. This increase affects not only the general minimum wage rate, but also the alternative minimum wage rates that apply in Ontario.

Effective on October 1, 2020, all minimum wage rates are increasing as follows:

Minimum wage rate Rates from January 1, 2018, to September 30, 2020 Rates from October 1, 2020, to September 30, 2021
General minimum wage $14.00 per hour $14.25 per hour
Student minimum wage $13.15 per hour $13.40 per hour
Liquor servers minimum wage $12.20 per hour $12.45 per hour
Hunting and fishing guides minimum wage $70.00
Rate for working less than five consecutive hours in a day$140.00
Rate for working five or more hours in a day whether or not the hours are consecutive
$71.30
Rate for working less than five consecutive hours in a day$142.60
Rate for working five or more hours in a day whether or not the hours are consecutive
Homeworkers minimum wage $15.40 per hour $15.70 per hour
Wilderness guides minimum wage

Rates from June 3, 2019 to September 30, 2020:

 

$70.00
Rate for working less than five consecutive hours in a day

$140.00
Rate for working five or more hours in a day whether or not the hours are consecutive

$71.30
Rate for working less than five consecutive hours in a day$142.60
Rate for working five or more hours in a day whether or not the hours are consecutive

This marks the first time minimum wage has increased since January of 2018. Future increases to the minimum wage are expected to be tied to Ontario’s consumer price index.

© 2020, Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., All Rights Reserved.National Law Review, Volume X, Number 269
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Michael Comartin, Ogletree Deakins Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
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Michael is a partner in Ogletree Deakins’ Toronto office. His diverse practice spans all areas of employment law, labour law, privacy, wage and hours issues, human rights, accessibility, and employee benefits and executive compensation. Michael also has experience with class actions, appellate litigation, M&A/restructuring, and general litigation. He regularly represents employers in judicial review proceedings

Michael has appeared before the Court of Appeal for Ontario, the Divisional Court, the Superior Court of Justice, the Federal Court of Appeal, the Federal Court, the...

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