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Minimum Wage To Increase On March 31

Ontario’s minimum wage will go up on March 31. 

Workers in the province will now earn $10.25 an hour. It’s the seventh increase since 2004.

“Hard-working Ontarians deserve a decent standard of living and we are helping to maintain that. A fair minimum wage is good for workers,” Minister of Labour Peter Fonseca said on Friday.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath said the increase was a step in the right direction, while a representative from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business said it may hurt job growth.

The Liberal government began implementing annual increases early in 2003, raising the general minimum wage from $6.85 in 2004 to $9.50 in 2009.  

Most workers who earn minimum wage are employed in the accommodation and food, retail trade, or agriculture sectors.

With files from The Canadian Press.