$14/h minimum wage comes into effect in Ontario

The arrival of 2018 provided one more reason for millions of Ontarians to celebrate when the minimum wage jumped substantially from $11.60 an hour to $14 an hour on January 1st.

With the increase in the minimum wage, about 55{ed1200bddbc03902e1fcc2a87da27944790d59ab127710d2b088ca8caae8436e} of employees in the retail sector are entitled to a salary increase, said the Ontario Ministry of Labor.

At the same time, alcohol waiters saw their minimum wage rise from $10.10 an hour to $12.20 an hour. Students under the age of 18 must now be paid at least $13.15 an hour, compared to $10.90 an hour earlier.

With this increase, Ontario has become the province with the highest minimum wage in the country, just ahead of Alberta at $13.60 per hour. The Western Province, however, is expected to be the first to hit $ 15 an hour on October 1, 2018, followed by Ontario on January 1, 2019.

In Quebec, the minimum wage is currently set at $11.25. It will increase to $11.75 on May 1st.

Fears

Celebrated by some, the rise in the minimum wage was met with skepticism by others. The Ontario Financial Accountability Office has argued that $ 15 an hour will cost more than 50,000 jobs.

TD Bank, meanwhile, has forecast a loss of 80,000 to 90,000 jobs by the end of the decade, while the Canadian Center for Economic Analysis has suggested that up to 185,000 jobs could be at risk .

In Quebec, Alain Bouchard, founder and executive chairman of Alimentation Couche-Tard’s board, said in the past year that he expected to close businesses in Ontario. Metro, for its part, said it expects to pay up to $ 50 million more in 2018 because of the salary increase, reported the “Journal de Montreal”.

Time off

In addition to seeing the minimum wage rise, Ontarians are also entitled to more days off. In particular, companies must now offer a minimum of three weeks of vacation to employees with five years of seniority and more.

Ontario also has programs that allow victims of domestic or sexual violence to take up to 15 weeks of leave and parents to take up to two years of leave in the event of a death or death. ‘a child. Small business workers are now entitled to 10 days of personal emergency leave each year.

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Mark has over six years experience as a teacher, ecologist, zoologist and botanist. She has a B.S. from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. in biology from Harvard University Graduate School. His professional expertise in environmental health empacts has been recognized since 1973, when she testified at a New York DEC public hearing in Utica on ground truthing aerial photo wetland mapping by wetland community type. He taught (HS) Physics, Geology, Oceanography, Chemistry and photography from 1970-1980 at Palfrey Street School, Watertown, MA. Aproject: National Cooperative Highway Research Program.

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