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Minimum Wage Changes – effective October 1, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

The minimum wage rates in Ontario are increasing effective October 1, 2017, as summarized in the following table:  

Minimum Wage Rate Current Wage Rates Effective October 1, 2017
General Minimum Wage – applies to most employees $11.40 per hour $11.60 per hour
Student Minimum Wage – applies to students under the age of 18 who work 28 hours a week or less when school is in session, or work during a school break or summer holidays $10.70 per hour $10.90 per hour
Liquor Servers Minimum Wage – applies to employees who serve liquor directly to customers or guests in licensed premises as a regular part of their work $9.90 per hour $10.10 per hour

The majority of our employees are not impacted by this change; however, there may be some employees where attention will be required by managers to ensure compliance. Please be aware of this change when hiring employees on a temporary contract.  Users of the Casual Time Entry System (CTES) should also keep in mind the new legislation to ensure employees are paid compliantly.
Please direct any questions to hrhelp@uwaterloo.ca

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