Minimum Wage Increases for October 1, 2017

Ontario is increasing its minimum wage rates – the lowest rate that can be paid by employers to employees.Between 1996 and 2003, the general minimum wage in Ontario was frozen at $6.85/hour, but increased annually between 2004 and 2010, and again in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The most recent increase to the general minimum wage was made last October, when the rate increased from $11.25/hour to $11.40/hour.

On October 1, 2017, the general minimum wage will rise to $11.60.  Special minimum wage rates that apply to liquor servers, students under 18, hunting and fishing guides, and homeworkers will also increase at the same time.

Minimum Wage Rates

Minimum Wage Rate Oct. 1, 2016 to Sept. 30, 2017 Oct. 1, 2017
General Minimum Wage $11.40 per hour $11.60per hour
Students under 18 who work not more than 28 hours per weekwhen school is in session, or work during a school break or summer holidays $10.70 per hour $10.90 per hour
Liquor servers $9.90 per hour $10.10per hour
Hunting and Fishing guides $56.95: Rate for working less than five consecutive hours in a day

$113.95: Rate for working five or more hours in a day whether or not the hours are consecutive



Homeworkers (employees doing paid work in their own home for an employer) $12.55 per hour $12.80per hour