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.