More change for Ontario employers is on the way. Here are the things you need to be aware of:

  1. Minimum wage will increase to $11.25/hour on October 1, 2015
  2. Employers must provide each new employee with a copy of the Ontario Employment Standards (OES) within 30 days of their start.

Raising the minimum wage in Ontario is linked to the Consumer Price Index, which determines if minimum wage will increase on October 1 of each year. This movement came into effect on November 20, 2014, as part of the Stronger Workplaces for a Stronger Economy Act, 2014, now the law in Ontario.

Currently, the requirement for informing employees of the Ontario Employment Standards is to post the most recent version of the OES poster in the workplace as well as provide a copy to each new employee.* If you don’t already have the poster, click on this link. In addition, employers must be able to provide a translation of the poster, if the Ministry has prepared one in the requested language.

*Thanks to the advocacy of the Canadian Payroll Association, the Ontario Ministry of Labour has permitted employers to provide the OES to new employees electronically. Initially, the poster was to be distributed to all employees as a hard copy. Yikes! What a waste of resources! Thanks, Canadian Payroll Association, for creating efficiency in this new process.

Helpful links:

Ontario Ministry of Labour

New Minimum Wage Rates in Ontario

Ontario Employment Standards Poster in other languages

The Canadian Payroll Association


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