Ontario raises minimum wage to $11/hour

Premier Kathleen Wynne at Queen's Park Jan. 29, 2014. (ANTONELLA ARTUSO/Toronto Sun)

Premier Kathleen Wynne at Queen's Park Jan. 29, 2014. (ANTONELLA ARTUSO/Toronto Sun)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 1:38 PM ET

TORONTO — Ontario will raise the minimum hourly wage to $11 on June. 1.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced that her government will also introduce legislation that would permanently tie the minimum wage to Consumer Price Index, ensuring that the rate rises with inflation.

“My concern for a number of years is that there has not been a systematic way of pegging the minimum wage,” Wynne said Thursday. “What has happened for decades is that the minimum wage is increased or frozen depending on political ideology, and that I don’t think is a sustainable path.”

The Campaign To Raise the Minimum Wage, which pushed for an increase of the existing $10.25 hourly wage to $14 an hour, argued the poorest paid workers will still be 16% below the poverty line.

The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) said the minimum wage increase will increase business costs and lead to fewer jobs, particularly for young people.


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