Minimum Wage

Minimum wage is the lowest rate of pay that an employer can provide to an employee. This is a basic employment law that is specific to the province or territory in which your business operates.

Do you have questions about paying your employees? Ontario’s general minimum wage is currently $14.00 an hour, but can vary depending on the industry and the type of work being carried out. Our expert team can help you navigate this.

Which employees must receive minimum wage?

For the most part, almost all employers and employees in Ontario are covered under the ESA’s minimum wage requirements. The lowest rate of pay applies equally to all employees regardless of working hours. This includes employees who are:

  • Full-time
  • Part-time
  • Casual
  • Paid hourly
  • Paid commission, piece rate, flat rate
  • Paid salary

Industries and jobs that are exempt from the minimum wage rules include, but are not limited to, professions such as police officers, airlines, banks, politicians, and judges.

Questions about paying wages? Ask an HR expert today.

Employer Line can help ensure that your employees are compensated according to Ontario’s regulations. Call our HR and employment standards helpline to speak with one of our HR experts: 1-833-247-3650.