It isn’t just the calendar that will change on Saturday, so will the minimum wage in Ontario.
The minimum wage will rise from $11.25 to $11.40 per hour.
It’s the third consecutive annual increase and will stay in place until September 30, 2017. The minimum wage for liquor servers rises from $9.80 per hour to $9.90.
In November 2014, the Ontario Liberal government passed the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, it ties changes to the minimum wage to the Ontario Consumer Price Index.
Between 1996 and 2003, the general minimum wage in Ontario was frozen at $6.85/hr., but increased annually between 2004 and 2010, and again in 2014 and 2015.
The Wynne Liberals have been under pressure from the New Democrats to follow Alberta’s lead and raise the general minimum wage to $15 an hour. The Rachel Notley led NDP in Alberta plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018.
There are no plans to do that in Ontario yet, Labour Minister Kevin Flynn says Ontario’s minimum wage is one of the highest in the country and the government will re-examine it in about two years.