On July 17th, the Ontario Ministry of Labour announced that it
has appointed a Minimum Wage Advisory Panel, chaired by Anil Verma,
Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of
Toronto's Rotman School of Management. It is intended
that the panel will examine the province's current minimum wage
policy and provide advice on how Ontario should determine the
minimum wage in the future. The Ontario government's
recent announcement stated that the panel will also
recommend a process to set future minimum wages in a
way that is both fair to workers and predictable for
The panel intends to consult with business and labour
groups, workers, anti-poverty advocates, young workers,
Interestingly, the current Ontario general minimum wage is
$10.25 per hour, which is a 50% increase since 2003. As well,
Ontario already has one of the highest minimum wages in
Canada. That said, Ontario is one of only three provinces
which does not have a formal mechanism for calculating or adjusting
the minimum wage. It can be expected, therefore, that the
panel is likely to endorse some sort of mechanism as part of its
Interested parties are invited to make submissions to the panel
prior to October 18, 2013. Submissions may be made to the
Minimum Wage Advisory Panel by mail to 400 University Avenue,
12th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M7A 1T7, by fax to (416) 326-7650, or
by email to email@example.com.
In addition, interested parties can make online submissions
through the Ministry's website: http://www.labour.gov.on.ca/english/es/submissions.php.
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