Ontario poised to raise minimum wage

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. (Antonella Artuso/QMI Agency)

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. (Antonella Artuso/QMI Agency)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

Ontario appears poised to raise the $10.25 minimum wage after a panel recommended tying it to inflation.

“We’re going to be acting very soon,” Premier Kathleen Wynne promised Monday.

The Ontario Minimum Wage Advisory Panel has called for the wage to be linked to the Consumer Price Index and updated annually on April 1.

The provincial government would not confirm or deny one media report that it will increase the wage to reflect inflation going back to 2010 when it was last raised.

Anti-poverty groups have been calling for a $14-an-hour minimum wage, noting the current hourly minimum does not lift a full-time worker out of poverty.

The minimum wage was $6.85 an hour -- frozen for years under the previous Progressive Conservative government -- when the Ontario Liberals took power in 2003.

Finance Minister Charles Sousa said the advisory panel weighed the interests of workers and businesses in coming to its recommendations.

The Ontario Liberals have almost doubled the minimum wage during their time in office.


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