Minimum Wage Goes Up To $11

Thousands of employees across Ontario will be getting bit of a raise Sunday as minimum wage increases to $11 an hour.

The Liberal government made the decision back in January to make the $0.75 increase to reflect a rise in the cost of living.

“I feel like I deserve an increase in pay, but I think I’m in the same boat as a lot of people that, with minimum wage going up, you’re now making minimum wage again,” says 24-year-old Simon Luke, who works full-time at a London restaurant making minimum wage. “I think it’s viable. But I mean, I’m 24 years old and one day I’d like to have a wife and kids and a house, and I don’t think that’s viable on minimum wage.”

The issue hasn’t gained much attention in the provincial election campaign. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath has promised to raise the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2016. The Liberal government proposed legislation to change the minimum wage according to the Consumer Price Index every year on April 1, but that died when the election was called.