Ontario raising minimum wage

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at Queen's Park on January 29, 2014. (ANTONELLA ARTUSO/QMI Agency)

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne at Queen's Park on January 29, 2014. (ANTONELLA ARTUSO/QMI Agency)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 5:30 PM ET

TORONTO - Ontario will announce an increase in the minimum wage Thursday to about $11 an hour.

Premier Kathleen Wynne and Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi have scheduled a morning media conference in Toronto.

"We'll be announcing our next steps shortly," Naqvi said Wednesday.

The Minimum Wage Advisory Panel this week recommended linking Ontario's minimum wage to inflation.

Anti-poverty activists wanted the provincial government to set the hourly rate at $14, but Naqvi said such an increase would be too large for the economy to absorb in one step.

An $11 minimum wage would tie the province with Nunavut as the highest in the country.


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