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Ontario Minimum Wage, Indexed To Inflation, Rises To $11.25 In October

03/19/2015 09:58 EDT | Updated 05/19/2015 05:59 EDT
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TORONTO - Ontario's minimum wage will rise to $11.25 an hour starting Oct. 1, making it the second-highest rate in the country after the Northwest Territories.

The Liberal government enacted legislation in the fall that tied minimum wage to inflation, so every year the new rate will be announced by April 1 to take effect that October.

While the general minimum wage increases from the current $11, the minimum wage for students increases to $10.55 and for liquor servers it rises to $9.80.

The Ministry of Labour says this is the ninth minimum wage increase since the Liberals took power in 2003.

The Northwest Territories' minimum wage will be increased to $12.50 in June, making it the highest rate in the country.

British Columbia also announced an increase in its minimum wage last week, a rise of 20 cents in September to $10.45 as a result of indexing to B.C.'s consumer price index.

Here are the minimum wages for Canada's provinces and territories:

Minimum Wage Across Canada (2015)