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Section 5: Summary of Recommendations

  • Issued: January 27, 2014
  • Content last reviewed: January 2014

For the readers' convenience, the complete list of recommendations is summarized below.

Recommendation #1: Minimum wages should be revised annually by a percentage equal to the percent change in the Ontario Consumer Price Index.

Recommendation #2: Minimum wages should be revised annually, and a minimum of four months' notice of any wage change should be provided. The effective date of minimum wage changes should be April 1 of the following year. This would result in notification by December 1 of the previous year.

Recommendation #3: The Government should undertake a full review of the minimum wage rate and the revision process every five years. This review should be conducted by a panel of stakeholders and a neutral chair. The mandate of this Panel would be to review Ontario's past experience with minimum wage revisions within the context of Ontario's social and economic progress and prevailing practices in other jurisdictions to recommend changes that could better serve Ontario's future needs.

Recommendation #4: To aid the full review process, and to ensure that Ontario's minimum wage policies are in step with the needs of its citizens, the Government should establish an ongoing research program for data and information gathering and its subsequent analysis to address policy-relevant minimum wage issues.

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