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Understanding Minimum Wage

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Minimum Wage

What is minimum wage? According to the Ministry of Labour, minimum wage is the lowest rate an employer can pay an employee. Most employees are eligible for minimum wage, whether they are full-time, part-time, casual employees, or are paid an hourly rate, commission, piece rate, flat rate or salary.

The latest changes to the minimum wage for Ontario came into effect on June 1, 2014.

For more details and the latest information on minimum wage please visit the Ministry of Labour Site .


Wage Rate Type March 31, 2010 June 1, 2014
General Minimum Wage $10.25
per hour
per hour
Student Minimum Wage
per hour
per hour
Liquor Servers Minimum Wage $8.90
per hour
per hour
Hunting and Fishing Guides Minimum Wage






Rate for working less than five consecutive hours in a day

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

Homeworkers Wage
(110 per cent of the general minimum wage)
per hour
per hour


General minimum wage - This rate applies to most employees.

Student wage - This rate applies to students under the age of 18 who work 28 hours a week or less when school is in session, or work during a school break or summer holidays.

Liquor servers wage - This hourly rate applies to employees who serve liquor directly to customers or guests in licensed premises as a regular part of their work. "Licensed premises" are businesses for which a license or permit has been issued under the Liquor Licence Act.

Hunting and fishing guides wage - The minimum wage for hunting and fishing guides is based on blocks of time instead of by the hour. They get a minimum amount for working less than five consecutive hours in a day, and a different amount for working five hours or more in a day--whether or not the hours are consecutive.

Homeworkers wage - Homeworkers are employees who do paid work in their own homes. For example, they may sew clothes for a clothing manufacturer, answer telephone calls for a call centre, or write software for a high-tech company. Note that students of any age (including students under the age of 18 years) who are employed as homeworkers must be paid the homeworker's minimum wage.


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