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Ottawa/Canadian-Media: An announcement was made by Ontario premier Premier Doug at during a press conference in Milton, Ont., on Nov 2 that Ontario government's minimum hourly wage would increase from $14.35 to $15 effective Jan. 1, 2022.
Ford said this will benefit an estimated 760,000 people across the province and added, "Workers deserve to have more money in their pockets," Ford said.
Doug Ford. Image credit: Twitter handle
When asked by a reporter if he could live on $15 per hour, Ford admitted it's not enough. "It's a start," he said.
Ford also confirmed that the government will also hike the $12.55 minimum wage for workers who serve alcohol and receive tips to $15, according the what sources told Radio-Canada late Monday.
Following these increases, the minimum wage will increase every October according to the inflation rate. The minimum wage was last increased by 10 cents on Oct. 1.
A 2017 Ontario legislature's Financial Accountability Office report estimated 1.6 million workers would have been working in the province earning minimum wage if the rate had been pushed to $15 an hour in 2019.