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Updates to Canada’s Federal Minimum Wage for 2024

As we step into a new fiscal year, significant changes are on the horizon for workers in federally regulated sectors and in Ontario. Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) has announced an adjustment to the federal minimum wage, setting it to $17.30 per hour, effective April 1, 2024. This change underscores the government’s commitment to ensuring that workers receive fair compensation that keeps pace with the cost of living.

This update follows last year’s increase when the federal minimum wage was adjusted from $15.55 to $16.65 per hour. These adjustments are methodically based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the previous calendar year, reflecting the changes in the cost of living and maintaining wage equity with economic fluctuations.

The Role of the Consumer Price Index

In 2023, the CPI saw a rise of 3.9 percent on an annual average basis, according to Statistics Canada. This rise, significant by historical standards, follows a 40-year high increase of 6.8 percent in 2022 and a 3.4 percent rise in 2021. Such trends in the CPI are instrumental in determining annual wage adjustments, ensuring that wages are reflective of economic conditions.

Who is Affected?

The federal minimum wage is applicable to employees and interns in federally regulated industries, including banking, telecommunications, and interprovincial transportation sectors.

Federal vs. Provincial Minimum Wage Rates

An aspect of wage regulation in Canada is the interplay between federal and provincial minimum wage rates. Federally regulated employers must adhere to the provincial or territorial minimum wage if it exceeds the federal rate, ensuring that workers benefit from the highest applicable minimum wage.

Ontario’s Minimum Wage Update

In addition to the federal adjustments, there are upcoming changes specific to Ontario. Reports indicate a proposed increase in Ontario’s minimum wage rates effective October 1, 2024. This proposal, if approved, will see the Government of Ontario making an upward adjustment to the minimum wage, reflecting the province’s commitment to maintaining workers’ purchasing power and economic stability.

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