HRPAO comments on the Ontario Government's decision to raise minimum wage to $10.25 per hour over 3 years

    TORONTO, March 22 /CNW/ - Ontario Finance Minister Greg Sorbara announced
today, as part of the provincial budget, that the minimum wage will rise from
the current $8.00 per hour to $8.75 in 2008, $9.50 in 2009 and $10.25 in 2010.
This is up from $6.85 per hour in 2003, when the Liberals formed the current
    The Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPAO),
representing 16,000 HR professionals in 28 chapters across Ontario, issued the
following statement in response to today's minimum wage announcement:

    -  We are pleased that the Government has phased in changes to the
       minimum wage gradually, instead of raising it instantly as some had

    -  Phasing in the change will give employers time to prepare and do the
       appropriate business planning.

    -  Employers will have to consider how the increase in minimum wage will
       impact the compensation of their other employees.

    As the thought leader in HR, HRPAO issued an informative "HR Brief"
today, which provides greater insight to the history of minimum wage
legislation in Ontario and its effect on the economy. The document can be
downloaded free of charge at

    HRPAO spokespeople are available for additional commentary on the impacts
of raising the minimum wage in Ontario. To arrange a media interview, please

    Jeff Pekar
    Director, Communications
    416-923-2324, ext. 344; 1-800-387-1311

    The Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario (HRPAO) is
Canada's HR thought leader with more than 16,000 members in 28 chapters in
Ontario and other locations across Canada and around the world. HRPAO is
internationally recognized for its knowledge, innovation and leadership. HRPAO
connects its membership to an unmatched range of HR information resources,
events, professional development and networking opportunities. It annually
hosts the world's second largest HR conference. HRPAO grants the Certified
Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, the national standard for
excellence in human resources management. To learn more about HRPAO, visit

For further information:

For further information: Jeff Pekar, Director, Communications, (416)
923-2324, ext. 344, 1-800-387-1311,

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