KAWARTHA LAKES-Minimum wage to increase on October 1, 2023.
“Starting Sunday, October 1, Ontario’s minimum wage will increase from $15.50 to $16.55 per hour, helping more than 900,000 hard-working men and women across our province earn more take-home pay for themselves and their families.
This 6.8 per cent raise could mean up to $2,200 more in workers’ pockets every year. Officials say minimum wage jobs should be for the start of a worker’s career, not the end.
Earlier this week the government says it introduced changes to protect workers and prepare them for the future of work through passing our Working for Workers Act, 2023.
Ontario says it is also the first province in Canada to ban unfair or discriminatory Canadian work experience requirements in more than 30 regulated professions and trades to help newcomers work in the fields they trained for. In December 2023, all unfair or discriminatory requirements for Canadian experience in these professions will be gone.