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Premier announces Ontario hiking minimum wage to $11/hour

by The Canadian Press   

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Kathleen Wynne said Liberals will introduce legislation to tie future increases to inflation rate

TORONTO—Ontario’s minimum wage will be increased to $11 an hour effective June 1.

It’s the first change in the rate since 2010 when the Liberal government froze the minimum wage at $10.25 an hour.

The announcement was made by Premier Kathleen Wynne, who said the Liberals will introduce legislation to tie future increases to the rate of inflation, a key recommendation of an expert panel.

The new rate would be announced April 1 each year and take effect Oct. 1.

Anti-poverty activists and labour groups had been lobbying for an increase in the rate to $14 an hour.

But Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi said that would be “too much” for businesses to handle and could prompt some to cut jobs.

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