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Ontario minimum wage hike in effect, liquor servers and students get pay bump

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TORONTO — Some Ontario workers will see their paycheques rise this week as an official increase to the province’s minimum wage takes effect Saturday.

Minimum wage workers will now earn $15 per hour, up from the previous hourly rate of $14.35.

Liquor servers will see their hourly wages increase from $12.55 to $15.

Read more: Ontario government announces $15 hourly minimum wage by 2022

Students under the age of 18 who work 28 hours a week or less when school is in session or work during a break from classes will now make at least $14.10 per hour, up from $13.50.

The province says between January and November 2021, there were about 767,000 workers in Ontario making at or below minimum wage.

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The pay increase comes as labour shortages have struck many industries and businesses are struggling with inflation and attracting talent.

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