Minimum Wage Changes October 1, 2021

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The minimum wage rates in Ontario are increasing on October 1, 2021 as summarized in the following table:

Minimum wage rate Current wage rate Effective October 1, 2021
General minimum wage – applies to most employees $14.25 per hour $14.35 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 $13.40 per hour $13.50 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 $12.45 per hour $12.55 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 is required and will be identified by Human Resources, with review by managers to ensure compliance. Workday will then be updated by HR with the new minimum wage. Please be aware of this change when hiring employees after October 1, 2021.  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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