WATCH: Minimum Wage rising to $11 an hour in June

Increasing the rate by 75 cents marks the first change in four years.

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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  1. Angry Bill posted on 01/30/2014 01:08 PM
    Say hello to price hikes across the board. Raising prices and laying off people is the only way small businesses with a small profit margin can survive. End result will be there is no increased buying power with this raise, as the prices for everything will rise to compensate. That's what happened the last time, and it'll happen this time, too.

    Must be an election coming up.
    1. Frankie posted on 01/30/2014 01:30 PM
      @Angry Bill I believe it's sustainable for most businesses that hire at minimum wage and it'll help workers.

      The biggest drain on the economy is government waste. Imagine using a colander to fill a glass. 2-3 glasses would be wasted in the process. That's our biggest problem and it'll continue until enough voters get the message across.

      The biggest losers are the middle class as the rich have enough left over and the poor don't pay tax.
    2. BS posted on 01/30/2014 02:12 PM
      @Angry Bill oh go stick it where the sun don't shine.
      maybe if these small business can't pay proper wages they shouldn't be in business. I'm sure their suppliers raise their costs. labour has to move accordingly and with inflation. long overdue.
      maybe your answer is bring over half the population from Bangladesh to work in the small business sector at their current wage they get to make t-shirts
  2. Mark7 posted on 01/30/2014 02:04 PM
    A typical Fiberal ploy to buy votes as per usual. I am not fooled by criminal Wynne.
  3. AD posted on 01/30/2014 02:13 PM
    I'm surprised nobody in the government has the brains to see the cycle that has been created with wage hike=price hike=need for wage hike
    we need some way more creative thinking in education, housing, taxation to get over the hurdles we are setting up for our less fortunate upstart Canadians.
    1. Frankie posted on 01/30/2014 03:08 PM
      @AD The smart ones do. Unfortunately they're like prostitutes, opening our wallets to feed their habits and keep their profession.

      Until enough citizens understand this type of wasteful spending hurts their lives this will continue.

      Let's hope enough of us wake up before it's too late.
  4. Zack posted on 01/30/2014 02:27 PM
    Minimum wage is meant to be just that: the minimum. As in, just enough for one person with no special skills or education and no dependents to keep themselves fed and sheltered. You're not supposed to try and raise a family or buy a house on minimum wage, you're supposed to either live within your means or get yourself to the library and research how to acquire the skills to EARN more money.
  5. Will posted on 01/30/2014 02:39 PM
    If it weren't for the public sector taking home bloated wages they don't deserve, our taxes wouldn't be so high and we could all take home more of our pay, and nobody would even be talking about giving unskilled burger flippers and cashiers a higher wage than they deserve. What we need is for Comrade Wynne to call an election so we can finally get her irresponsible government OUT and elect one with sound fiscal sense.
  6. john posted on 01/30/2014 02:59 PM
    hears how it is going down .

    wages go up companies move out to Alberta

    companies need to make this thing called profit to keep going . so .

    as for taxes thay will up the wages and then raise up taxes companies will not make profit so thay will move out and go elsware . simple as that .
  7. john posted on 01/30/2014 03:07 PM
    heres what i say about the partys of ont .

    liberals only nature is to F%^$%$&^%%uk up the province

    the cons only nature is to clean up the crap that the liberals left behind .

    the NDP is to not only sit there and bitch all day but kiss the liberals ass .and help the liberals f^&*%&$%ck things up thats why the NDP has brown noses .
  8. KarenW_5 posted on 01/30/2014 03:57 PM
    Not that 10.25 per hour isn't brutal in this day and age but does no one find it strange that they haven't raised the minimum rate since the last election. Buy, Buy, Buy the sucker voters; 75 million for wine and 25 million for a hospital we know will never get built, all they've been doing for the last 3 months is spending money we don't have or making promises they'll never keep. Speaking of $, can anyone tell us where the 8% per litre they have stolen from us since July 1, 2010 (HST) is or where those billions have been dumped.
  9. GT posted on 01/30/2014 04:41 PM
    As a small business owner I can say with the increases in rent,hydro,heating fuel and now this.I have no alternative to reduce hours for employees.I will cut back and service will suffer.Frankly, we cannot afford this provincial government any longer.
  10. Frankie posted on 01/30/2014 04:46 PM
    Wonder if Wynne is going to tie the amount the Liberals "steal" from us to the rate of inflation.
  11. KarenW_5 posted on 01/30/2014 05:57 PM
    Add to that the great addition of Family Day. The only people who win with this are public employee and again, tax payers pay and small business pay. Voters put the Liberals back into power to get one extra day per year not thinking this costs millions to private businesses out there.
    1. kat muscillo posted on 01/30/2014 09:07 PM
      @KarenW_5 I work for the public sector, and just to give you a little insight..I pay taxes, and have been working 27yrs and just break as a front line worker who pays taxes $50.000.00 before never think honey the grass is always greener on the other side
  12. kat muscillo posted on 01/30/2014 08:56 PM
    Ok, here is a concept, why as the government do what is right and put money back in the tax payers pocket inside of raising the minimum rage that will increase prices across the board and again who wins...the egotistics people that we have in government , it truly makes me sick ,that they all go home and do not feel what their flamboyant spending ways impact on us who they are working for, cut our taxes that pay for their poor judgement, back into our about self entitlement...get off our backs, get a job, and do what the "Government" was supposed to do...WORK FOR US the tax payer and stop gauging bunch of narcissistic bottom feeders
  13. HP posted on 01/31/2014 07:38 AM
    Now Sears announces that it's laying off 5 employees per store, Best Buy/Future Shop about 10. The retail, fast food, hospitality, and grocery stores are not yet laying off but are cutting back hours. The next step will be to raise prices as fewer people with jobs, more people making less, less spending, less revenue. Everyone in business understands that every $1.00 increase in payroll costs them $1.75.
  14. MichaelP posted on 01/31/2014 08:43 AM
    I just hope that they tie this thing to inflation and leave it that way forever instead of making this a political issue every 5 or so years. Freezing it and then catching it up all at once is a dramatic shock to business and a stupid way of handling this and that's what we've done for decades.
  15. Angry Bill posted on 01/31/2014 12:53 PM
    What really makes me sad in my pants is Wynne is right.. this will get her votes from the many, many gullible people out there who know nothing about economics, and who don't even want to learn anything about it.

    Her own report that she commissioned said there would be a negative impact on the Ontario economy if she raised the minimum wage. She promptly ignored that report that she spent money to commission, and rightly figured that there would be enough stupid people out there who would be sucked in by this, and vote for her. It's enough to make baby Jesus cry.
    1. rankie posted on 01/31/2014 01:22 PM
      @Angry Bill No different than the Drummond report McGuinty commissioned then promptly ignored.

      These Liberal voters should all audition for the finale to Dumb and Dumber called Dumbest.
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