After seven consecutive increases, the Ontario minimum wage rate will remain at $10.25 per hour in 2011, the highest provincial minimum wage in Canada.
The Ontario minimum wage has increased by 50 per cent with annual increases in the last seven years. These increases outpaced inflation in part to make up for a nine-year minimum wage freeze between 1995 and 2004.
"Ontario families deserve a fair wage, and our businesses need stability and certainty,” said Minister of Labour Charles Sousa. “We're striking the right balance with a fair minimum wage, help for workers who need training support to find a job, and tax relief for families as well as 10 per cent off electricity bills."
In the fall of 2011, the government will appoint a committee representing both business and workers to provide advice on the minimum wage in advance of the 2012 budget.