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Ontario begins raising minimum wage; most workers now earn at least $15.50 an hour.OUS News

Ontarians who earn the minimum wage are waking up to a raise.

Starting today, the overall minimum wage rises 50 cents to $15.50 an hour, a move announced by the Ford government in April.

Students under 18 now earn $14.60 an hour, up from $14.10, while homeworkers — those who do paid work from home for employers — get a 55 cent increase, to $17.05 an hour. .

The Ford government had previously canceled a 2019 minimum wage increase to $15 from $14 an hour that had been planned by Wynn’s former government.

Then in January of this year, the Progressive Conservatives raised wages to $15 an hour, with Ford saying the increase was to make people’s lives more affordable.

The 50-cent increase came after Canada’s annual inflation rate reached a nearly 40-year high in June, and although it has slowed since then, Statistics Canada reported in August that food prices rose at the fastest pace since 1981.

Labor Minister Monte McNaughton said the government recognizes that Ontario families are struggling with rising costs of living, but will continue to announce planned October wage increases every April, which he said is determined by inflation over the previous two years.