Effective April 1st, 2017, the minimum hourly wage increases from $11.07 to $11.32 per hour. Regardless of age, all employees must be paid at least the minimum wage.
Best Ways for Government to Help Low-Income Earners:
CFIB has strongly advocated for government to focus on more practical and effective ways to help low income earners.
Provide Income Tax relief;
- Reduce personal income tax rates for low-income earners
- Increase the basic personal/spousal exemption
Increase tax credits for low-income earners;
Encourage and reward workplace training;
- Invest in training for low-income earners to upgrade their skills
- Introduce a training tax credit payable to employers
- Introduce a training tax credit payable to employees
- Introduce a special training wage similar to other jurisdictions (i.e. Nova Scotia)
Introduce a gratuity wage for workers who earn tips.
For members who would like to discuss how this may affect their wage rates or would like help with determining pay scales, please call Business Resources at 1 888-234-2232. We can also help with any other employment standards questions.
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