Minimum Wage Ontario Increased January 2022

Effective January 1, 2022, the Government of Ontario raised the minimum wage to $15.00/hr. In addition, the special minimum wage rate that previously applied to “liquor servers” was eliminated, and their minimum wage also increased to $15.00/hr.

For federally regulated workers (such as employees in the telecommunication, banking, shipping, and other federally regulated industries), federal minimum wage increased to $15.00.00/hr on December 29, 2021.

Minimum wage is the lowest wage rate an employer can pay an employee. Most employees are eligible for minimum wage, whether they are full-time, part-time, casual employees, or are paid an hourly rate, commission, piece rate, flat rate or salary. Some employees have jobs that are exempt from the minimum wage provisions of the Employment Standards Act of Ontario. See Industries and jobs with Employment Standards Act exemptions and/or special rules for information on these job categories.

While it is a welcome sign to see minimum wage slowly increasing for Ontario and Canadian Federal Workers, there is still a long way to go to address the difficult financial challenges many Canadians continue to face.

If you’re not being paid minimum wage (and are not on the list exempt from minimum wage provisions of the Employment Standards Act of Ontario) or have unpaid wages please contact us for free 30-minute phone consultation.

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