Ontario Increases Minimum wage to $11/hour!!!

posted 3 years ago in Money
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’m so conflicted with this.  On one hand, amazing because FI and I both earn minimum wage right now, and we’re about to graduate college in 9 weeks.  Planning a wedding on minimum wage salaries (paying for it all ourselves) sucks a lot (hence our 2 year engagement). 

But on the other hand, my caterer brought up a great point yesterday; minimum wage increases means cost of living shoots up. And right now, I can’t afford that.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

@mrsalexander:  

Really? I guess I’ll be making 50cents more an hour now.

Although if they raise all the prices again- it won’t make a damn bit of difference.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

What happened to working hard to earn a decent living? I remember when i started working and getting super excited at my first 50cent raise (from like 7.65 an hour to 8.15)… Just seems like theres nowhere to go because they have to pay the not so great workers so much it leaves little left over to reward the harder workers… it would almost be insulting to me to only get a raise because minumum wage went up… 

Alas, i hopefully never have to worry about making minimum wage again, so who am i to judge.

Post # 7
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

How many people there make minimum wage without tips or something?  Here, even most fast food places pay more than minimum so they can get people to work.  It would make bit of a difference though, if minimum wage goes up, places that want to pay above minimum tend to go up too.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Minimum wage were I live is currently $10 and is going to 10.25 soon.  When I started working it was $4.75 (that was in 1996).  I see nothing wrong with raising it as the cost of living is always on the increase.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@mrsalexander:  It hasn’t risen in 4 years so I don’t think 75 cents is too much. I don’t make minimum wage but I have no idea how anyone lives on it.

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

That’s about a 7% increase.  So assuming that they haven’t increased it in 2-3 years, that’s just keeping up with inflation.

Seems reasonable.  But it’s alwasy so shocking when you see inflation manifesting in front of your own eyes.  It adds up!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@AB Bride:  “Here, even most fast food places pay more than minimum so they can get people to work.”

Are you in Alberta or SK?

A decade ago when I was working retail, minimum wage was standard in BC.  I assume it still is for those sorts of jobs.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

cost of living usually shoots up before minimum wage does

Post # 13
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Helper bee

@AB Bride:  I’m in Ontario, and most people in fast food or retail earn minimum wage here.

I have a job at a shoe store where I work one day a week, and I make minimum wage there. I started working there while I was in college 2 years ago, and still am at minimum. So the increase will mean a few extra dollars per pay for me there. 

I’m curious to see if there will be any raises given out at my full-time job in response to this. The starting wage there is a bit higher than minimum, plus commission. I’m thinking they might increase their base wage  slightly so that it is still a decent bit higher than minimum, but I’m not sure if they will bother since with commission we end up earning more anyway. I’ve only been there for 8 months, but have heard from co-workers that they aren’t very generous with raises. At least they offer really good benefits, even to part timers, which is better than most retail positions.

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

@cbgg:  Yeah, I’m in Alberta.  In high school, I had friends who worked at McDonalds and they always paid above minimum.  I worked at Walmart same thing, as did most clothing stores except for the trendy ones who could attract people based on the discount.  International students used to only be able to work on campus, I think many of the fast food jobs there were minimum wage.  The law changed and the hours that all the food places were open drastically decreased.  They were all hiring but couldn’t get enough people to work to cover typical hours (which were already less than 1-5).

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@AB Bride:  Gotta love those boom time economies.  In most places the min wage is a meaningful floor that pushes wages up, but doesnt’ sound like it is in Alberta (not that this is a bad thing, I just don’t think it’s the norm).

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