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Ontario’s minimum wage will increase to $15 per hour in 2022

The Ontario government has announced its plans to increase the provincial minimum wage to $15 per hour next year

If the legislation is passed, the general minimum wage increase will take effect as of January 1st, 2022, bringing the current minimum wage from $14.35 to $15.00.

This will also include a 19.5 per cent increase to the minimum hourly wage for liquor servers, bringing it from $12.55 to $15.00 per hour.

The news comes barely a month after the provincial government’s widely criticized minimum wage increase for 2021, which bumped the previous minimum wage of $14.25 to a mere 10 cents more at $14.35.

According to the Ontario government, the wage increase to $15 hourly is intended to help Ontarians keep up with a rising cost of living. That said, it still falls short of the minimum required to earn a living wage in many Ontario cities; including here in Hamilton, for which a living wage was recently estimated to be around $17.20 per hour.

It’s also been widely pointed out that the Ford government’s minimum wage increase matches the one they cancelled three years ago that had been planned by former Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne.

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