Ontario to raise minimum wage by end of March

TheStar.com – Ontario – Ontario to raise minimum wage by end of March
March 01, 2008
Chris Jai Centeno, Staff reporter

Workers earning minimum wage have much to look forward to at the end of this month.

Ontario will be raising the minimum wage from $8 to $8.75 on March 31, which places the province with the highest wage rate in Canada.

“This is all about making sure hard working Ontario families have more opportunities for success and a decent standard of living,” Labour Minister Brad Duguid said in a release.

In 2003, the McGuinty Liberals lifted an 8-year freeze on Ontario’s minimum wage.

The last time Ontario raised its minimum wage was on February 2007 from $7.45 to $8.

Major industries with minimum wage earners include accommodation, food, retail and the agriculture industries.

This is the fifth increase since 2004.

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