Minimum Wage Changes October 1, 2020

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The minimum wage rates in Ontario are increasing on October 1, 2020 as summarized in the following table:

Minimum wage rate

Current wage rate

Effective October 1, 2020

General minimum wage – applies to most employees

$14.00 per hour

$14.25 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

$13.15 per hour

$13.40 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

$12.20 per hour

$12.45 per hour

More information can be found on the Government of Ontario’s website

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 Time Tracking system in Workday should also keep in mind the new legislation to ensure employees are paid compliantly.

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