What is the Minimum Wage in Ontario?
Ontario's minimum wage is $10.25 per hour. A total of 1 Canadian provinces or territories have a minimum wage rate higher then Ontario.
A full time hourly worker in Ontario earning minimum wage will earn a total of $410.00 per week and approximately $21,320.00 per year (based on an 8-hour work day and a 260-day work year). Remember that, with tax deductions, the actual amount earned will likely be lower.
Ontario Minimum Wage & Labor Law
Ontario has several special Minimum Wage rates for specific types of employees. Students under the age of 18 who work under 28 hours a week during school (or during a school break/holiday) can be paid the special Ontario Student Minimum Wage of $9.60 per hour. Liquor servers can be paid a minimum wage of $8.90 per hour, and homeworkers (employees who work out of there homes) are entitled to a minimum wage of $11.28 per hour, 10% higher then the standard Ontario Minimum Wage.
Tipped employees or salespeople earning commission must earn at least the standard Ontario minimum wage each hour worked. If their tips/commissions for any given hour are not equal to or greater then the Ontario Minimum Wage, their employer must pay them the difference.
Ontario employers are allowed to deduct no more then the following amounts from their employee's paychecks for employer-provided room and board:
If an Ontario employee is called in to work a shift or three or more hours and sent home before having worked at least three hours, they are entitled to be paid for at least three hours of work at the standard Ontario minimum wage rate. This rule does not apply to student workers, or to employees whose regular shift is under three hours long.
What is the Minimum Wage?
The Ontario Minimum Wage is the lowest hourly wage employers in Ontario can legally pay their employees. The minimum wage is set by the Ontario government and is periodically updated to reflect the current cost of living and ensure that all workers are paid a fair living wage.
What if my employer is paying me less then the Minimum Wage?
Unless your job is covered by one of Ontario's legal exemptions to the minimum wage described above, your employer is legally required to pay you at least the hourly minimum wage of $10.25 per hour. If you believe your employer is illegally paying you less then the Ontario minimum wage, contact the Ontario Department of Labor immediately and they will advocate on your behalf.
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