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Updated: Thu, 30 Jan 2014 07:18:02 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Ontario minimum wage increase details coming today



The Ontario government will announce an increase to the province's minimum wage today, with reports suggesting it will rise to $11 an hour from $10.25. Canadian Press

The Ontario government will announce an increase to the province's minimum wage today, with reports suggesting it will rise to $11 an hour from $10.25. Canadian Press

Nearly 500,000 of the lowest paid workers in Ontario will find out today how much of a raise they'll get this year when the Liberal government unveils the province's new minimum wage for 2014.

The government won't confirm any specific dollar figure, but there are reports Premier Kathleen Wynne will announce the rate will go to $11 an hour from $10.25.

An $11 minimum wage would tie Ontario with Nunavut for highest in the country.

An expert panel recommends the government tie future increases in the minimum wage to the rate of inflation, and adjust it on April 1 each year.

Wynne likes that idea, but says she knows it will be hard to please those who want an immediate jump to $14 an hour and those who warn any increase could kill jobs.

Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi says now the government is trying to take politics out of the process.

"Our focus is really to ensure that there is fairness and predictability," he said. "That's why we asked the panel to give
us advice so the minimum wage is determined on objective criteria, not on the whim of any political party or leader."

A recent study shows about half a million Ontarians earn minimum wage and about  40 per cent are over the age of 25.

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