Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
The minimum wage in Ontario has increased to $15
Updated: Jan 13, 2022
Effective January 1, 2022, the government of Ontario has increased the province's minimum wage to $15 per hour.
According to the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, this will benefit over 760,000 workers in the province. This number includes multiple foreign workers and international students working in the province. The minimum wage will continue to rise in line with inflation.
Currently, the minimum wage in Ontario is one of the highest in Canada. Higher wages are paid only in British Columbia ($15.20), Northwest Territories ($15.20), Nunavut ($16.00), and Yukon ($15.20).
Ontario's wages are set to increase to the following levels as of January 1, 2022:
General minimum wage workers are now earning $15.00 per hour, a raise from $14.35
Liquor servers have received a pay raise from $12.55 to $15.00 per hour
Students under the age of 18 who work 28 hours a week or less when school is in session or work during a school break or summer holidays, had their pay raised from $13.50 to $14.10 per hour
Homeworkers (those who do paid work out of their own homes for employers) had their pay raised from $15.80 to $16.50 per hour
Hunting, fishing and wilderness guides had their pay raised from $71.75 to $75.00 when working less than five consecutive hours in a day, and $143.55 to $150.05 when working five or more hours in a day
The majority of minimum wage earners are women and nearly 73 percent of working 15 to 19-year-olds earn less than the new general minimum wage of $15 per hour.