The NDP has announced it wants a $12 minimum wage in Ontario on the same day the province is introducing legislation on the matter.
Party leader Andrea Horwath says she agrees with the Liberal move to hike the minimum wage to $11 an hour as of June 1st - up 75 cents.
However, instead of putting inflationary increases in place right away, Horwath wants a 50 cent increase in 2015 and the same in 2016.
The proposed legislation would outline giving businesses a four-month heads up on April 1st of a year for a hike which will be implemented in October. If passed, the increase will be tied to inflation after this year.
Horwath says along with her plan to increase minimum wage, she wants to give small businesses a break, cutting tax rates from 4.5 per cent to 4 per cent this June. It would go down to 3.5 per cent next years, and 3 per cent in 2016.
However, Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi says the NDP has been absent in the minimum wage debate. He says the party missed its opportunity to impact what the new policy will be.