Minumum Wage Hike (Canada)

Canadian Money

Ontario’s minimum wage hits $8
Last Updated: Thursday, February 1, 2007 | 11:41 AM ET
(CBC News)

Ontario’s minimum wage officially rose on Thursday to $8 an hour, but the government warns not to expect another hike any time soon.

The 25-cent wage hike puts Ontario on par with British Columbia, but still behind the territories in the North. Manitoba and Quebec will soon join the ranks of provinces with $8 minimum wage rates.

The McGuinty Liberals have phased in the $8 minimum wage over the past four years in increments of 25 to 30 cents. The rate was $6.85 in 2003, and had been at that rate since 1995.

The New Democratic Party has repeatedly said the rate is still too low, and called for an increase to the $10 range.

“The minimum wage in Ontario is not a living wage,” said NDP Leader Howard Hampton. “You cannot pay the rent, put food on the table, look after your family working for minimum wage.

“We need at least a $10-an-hour minimum wage for people to be able to do that,” he said.

But the Liberals said another increase is not on the horizon.

“Ontario did not see a raise in the minimum wage for nine years, and we campaigned in 2003 (saying) we would be moving the minimum wage,” Labour Minister Steve Peters said Wednesday.

About 5.3 per cent of Ontarians receive minimum wage. Many are part-time employees.

Canada’s lowest minimum wage is $7 in Alberta, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador.


Minimum wage rates
Nunavut $8.50
Northwest Territories, Yukon $8.25
British Columbia, Ontario $8.00
Quebec $7.75
Manitoba $7.60
Saskatchewan $7.55
Nova Scotia, P.E.I. $7.15
Alberta, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador $7.00


  1. mietzekatz said

    pretty interesting! Keep on writing! 🙂

  2. Joe Beebe said

    I think it’s pathetic that the minimum wage varies at all across this country. We are all Canadians and we should all be subject to the same treatment regarding minimum wage. I understand that some provinces are “richer” than others but I repeat, we are the same country and if BC or Alberta are rich, then the whole country should prosper as a result of this. The idea that resources in one province are for the prosperity of that province only is like a husband and wife having different bank accounts and that one spouces money is for his or her use only. The system may work but it only leads to separatism of the unit, be it family or country.


  3. Mark said

    Well I partially disagree.
    I am from newfoundland (where we are loosing population to alberta on a daily basis) but I dont think that all the wealth and earnings should be robbed from alberta and sprinkled across the country. albertans have invested in their infrastructure and deserve to reap the rewards. What i do think should be done is the federal government should treat all provinces fairly. just because newfoundland is small and out of the way they dont make any effort to make what natural resources we have create jobs IN newfoundland. like the nickle, oil, and the fish… yes the fish… if newfoundland belonged to the united states they would have put an end to foreign overfishing EONS ago, canada is afraid to stick their neck out for newfoundland.

    anyway… regards to minimum wage, i can understand it being lower in some provices… newfoundland companies simply cannot afford to pay wages as high as other provinces do. minimum wage has both positive and negative effects for employers and employees and I think thats why it is rated epending on what each province can handle.

  4. Mark said

    just thought of a great example.

    newfoundland company X is fully capable of making hardwood product A.
    ontario company Y is also fully capable of making the same product.

    hardwood does not grow in newfoundland so it has to be shipped here. If both companies have to pay their workers the same but company X has to pay the extra cost of freight it cannot compete and the product will be imported from ontario. hence the jobs for the newfoundlanders to make the product are lost.

    if newfoundland has a lower minimum wage maybe it will make it easier for the company to compete and ‘win’ back the jobs

    P.S. you might say… but the ontairo company has to pay the cost of shipping the finished product to newfoundland. true but after hardwood products are milled they are much lighter than the raw materials used. u get my point

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