Ontario Raises Minimum Wage to Support Workers

The Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, David Piccini, recently issued a statement regarding the minimum wage increase in Ontario.

David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development, recently issued a statement on the minimum wage increasing and the passage of the Working for Workers Act, 2023.

In the statement, Piccini announced that minimum wage would increase in Ontario beginning October 1, 2023.

“Starting Sunday, October 1, Ontario’s minimum wage will increase from $15.50 to $16.55 per hour, helping more than 900,000 hard-working men and women across our province earn more take-home pay for themselves and their families,” said Piccini.

“This 6.8 per cent raise means up to $2,200 more in workers’ pockets every year and brings Ontario to one of the highest minimum wages in the country,” said Piccini. “Our government is continuing to deliver steady and predictable annual increases, helping families offset the rising cost of living while also providing certainty to businesses by announcing this increase six months in advance.”

Piccini went on to say that minimum wage jobs should be for the start of a worker’s career and not the end. “Under the leadership of Premier Ford, we are giving workers a hand up to even better jobs and bigger paycheques,” he said.

Last week, the government passed their Working for Workers Act, 2023 to protect workers and prepare them for the future of work.

Piccini went on to say that Ontario is the first province in Canada to ban unfair or discriminatory Canadian work experience requirements in over 30 regulated professions and trades in order to help newcomers work in the fields they have been trained for.

“This will ensure more immigrants are getting a fair shot. In December 2023, all unfair or discriminatory requirements for Canadian experience in these professions will be gone. We’re also making job-protected leave for military reservists the most flexible and comprehensive in all of Canada and protecting remote workers during mass layoffs,” said Piccini.

Piccini concluded his statement by announcing that they are requiring women’s-only washrooms on construction sites as well as protective equipment that fits them. “We have expanded cancer coverage for firefighters who run into burning buildings while everyone else runs the other way,” said Piccini.

“All these changes build on measures our government passed in our Working for Workers Acts, 2021 and 2022, which are already changing lives and improving working conditions for millions of workers and their families.”

Piccini said that in the coming months, he will be introducing more legislation as part of their plan to make Ontario “the best place in the world to live, work and raise a family.”

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