Ontario PC Government Opts to Freeze Minimum Wage

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TORONTO — Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government will freeze a planned minimum-wage increase that was scheduled to kick in next year, according to CTV News.

Ontario’s minimum wage increased from $11.60 to $14 an hour on January 1, drawing complaints from restaurant and other business owners who say it forced them to raise prices, cut staff hours and employee benefits.

Citing the 20-per-cent increase as a detriment for businesses, the minimum wage will remain at $14 an hour as opposed to the $15 that was planned by the previous Liberal government.

The government also indicated plans to reevaluate the labour reform legislation, which included the wage increase.

 

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