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WATCH: Minimum Wage rising to $11 an hour in June
Increasing the rate by 75 cents marks the first change in four years.
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It's gone up by 75 cents.

The province has announced the new minimum wage will be $11 an hour as of June 1st.

This comes after a panel released its recommendations on what to do and it looks like Ontario listened.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says this announced hike builds on inflation of the last four years,  when the minimum wage was frozen in 2010.

The province will also introduce legislation to make this a yearly event, giving businesses a four-month heads up on April 1st of a year for a hike which will be implemented in October.

Special interest groups continue to call on the province to bump minimum wage to $14 and hour, in order to get workers over the poverty line.

Meantime, PC Economic Development, Trade & Employment Critic Jane McKenna is questioning whether this is a smart move.

McKenna says it could lead to reduced hours for minimum wage employees, or worse, job cuts so businesses can deal with the extra cost.

As for what the Tories would do when it comes to minimum wage, McKenna would only say the province needs to look at the big picture. She says a healthy business environment needs to be created to prevent companies from leaving the province.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath issued a statement, underlinig her party will look at the proposed Liberal legislation. She says people who work hard and are responsible, shouldn't be stuck in poverty.

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30 0

It's gone up by 75 cents.

The province has announced the new minimum wage will be $11 an hour as of June 1st.

This comes after a panel released its recommendations on what to do and it looks like Ontario listened.

Premier Kathleen Wynne says this announced hike builds on inflation of the last four years,  when the minimum wage was frozen in 2010.

The province will also introduce legislation to make this a yearly event, giving businesses a four-month heads up on April 1st of a year for a hike which will be implemented in October.

Special interest groups continue to call on the province to bump minimum wage to $14 and hour, in order to get workers over the poverty line.

Meantime, PC Economic Development, Trade & Employment Critic Jane McKenna is questioning whether this is a smart move.

McKenna says it could lead to reduced hours for minimum wage employees, or worse, job cuts so businesses can deal with the extra cost.

As for what the Tories would do when it comes to minimum wage, McKenna would only say the province needs to look at the big picture. She says a healthy business environment needs to be created to prevent companies from leaving the province.

NDP leader Andrea Horwath issued a statement, underlinig her party will look at the proposed Liberal legislation. She says people who work hard and are responsible, shouldn't be stuck in poverty.

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