Minimum Wage Goes Up Again



    A Better Standard Of Living For Hard Working Families

    TORONTO, March 1 /CNW/ -

    NEWS

    Ontario is raising the <a href="http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/info/minimumwage/">minimum wage</a>
to $8.75 on March 31, 2008.
This is the fifth increase since 2004.
    The minimum wage remained static between 1995 and 2004.
    The McGuinty government began implementing annual increases early in its
first term. Minimum wage:

    
        -  Increased from $6.85 in 2004 to $8.00 in 2007
        -  Will reach $10.25 in 2010

    Phasing in these increases balances the needs of hard working families
with the needs of the small businesses that create jobs.

    QUOTES

    "This is all about making sure hard working Ontario families have more
    opportunities for success and a decent standard of living. A fair minimum
    wage is good for workers and good for Ontario's economy."

                                               - Labour Minister Brad Duguid

    QUICK FACTS

        -  The minimum wage has risen $1.15 (17 per cent) between 2004
           and 2008
        -  By 2010, raises will have totaled $3.40 (50 per cent) since 2004
        -  The major industries employing minimum wage earners are:
           accommodation and food, retail trade, and agriculture.

    LEARN MORE

    Further information on <a href="http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/info/minimumwage/">minimum wage increases</a>

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For further information:

For further information: Susan McConnell, Minister's Office, (416)
326-7710, Mobile: (416) 606-8303; Bruce Skeaff, Communications Branch, (416)
326-7405

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