Legislatures busy changing employment laws

By Sari Sanders
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 05/24/2005

Canadian legislatures have been busily reviewing a number of employment laws, especially those related to employment standards, workers compensation and occupational health and safety. What’s more, changes to several general laws also will affect HR practitioners.

Minimum wage

Ontario’s general minimum wage increased from $7.15 to $7.45 per hour on Feb. 1, 2005. The rate for students under 18 years old who are employed for 28 hours a week or fewer rose from $6.70 to $6.95 per hour. The rate for liquor servers increased from $6.20 to $6.50 per hour.