October 1, 2015
Employers in Ontario and Alberta should note the general minimum wage increased effective today, October 1, 2015.
In Ontario, the general minimum wage is now $11.25 per hour. The minimum wage has also increased for certain other employees including students, homeworkers and liquor servers to $10.55, $12.40 and $9.80, respectively. The increase is the result of the recent amendments to the Employment Standards Act, 2000 which tie the annual increase to the Consumer Price Index as outlined in a previous InAFlash.
In Alberta, the general minimum wage is now $11.20 per hour, and is the first step to achieving the Government of Alberta’s promise of a minimum wage of $15 per hour by 2018. The minimum wage for employees serving liquor, salespersons and domestic employees has also increased to $10.70 per hour, $446 per week and $2,127 per month, respectively. Alberta employers should be aware the liquor server rate will be eliminated in 2016.
The general minimum wage increased in British Columbia effective September 15, 2015, to $10.45 per hour. The minimum wage also increased for liquor servers to $9.20 per hour, amongst increases for other categories of employees.
We will continue to update you as further changes are announced.
If you have any questions about this topic or any other questions relating to workplace law, please do not hesitate to contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer.
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