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Ontario raises minimum wage to $11.25

03/19/2015 10:07 EDT | Updated 05/19/2015 05:59 EDT
Ontario will increase minimum wage in the province this year, it announced Thursday.

The minimum wage will rise from $11 to $11.25 per hour, as of Oct. 1, the government said in a news release.

Special minimum wages, for groups like students and homeworkers, are also going up. 

The Ministry of Labour’s news release said the increase keeps the minimum wage in step with a recent increase to Ontario’s Consumer Price Index.

On Twitter, premier Kathleen Wynne said the move was designed to help lower-income families keep up with inflation. 

The government raised the minimum wage to $11 in 2014 — an increase of 75 cents — which then marked the first time the benchmark wage had gone up since 2010.

Most minimum wage-earners work in the accommodation, food, retail and agriculture sectors, the government said.

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