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? Here are a few things to know about the minimum employment standards for wage:

Ontario’s Minimum Wage is $14.00 an Hour

As of January 1st, 2018, the minimum wage in Ontario is set as follows:

Category Wage Rate
General $14.00 per hour
Students (under 18 years old) $13.15 per hour
Liquor Servers $12.20 per hour
Homeworkers $15.40 per hour
Hunting and Fishing Guides $70.00 per day (less than five consecutive hours in a day); $140.00 per day (five or more hours in a day, whether or not the hours are consecutive)

Minimum wage is not set to increase until 2020, at which point it will link to inflation.

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.