Labour reforms were put in place by the Liberals in late-November to implement a minimum wage increase to $15 by Jan. 1, 2019.
The minimum wage for Ontario officially went up by 25 cents to $11.25 per hour last week, making it Canada’s second highest minimum wage, after the Northwest Territories.
When Chavenne Stamp realized she could not afford to hire a face painter for a children’s party, she got a paint kit and gave it a go. Stamp, 26, is raising her two children on a $12 an hour wage. She got the pay raise barely six months ago when she left her job working at a big-box retail store where she earned $10.25 per hour, Ontario’s minimum wage.