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    Ontario Just Became The Second Province To Embrace A $15 Minimum Wage

    Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says the minimum wage will rise to $15 by Jan. 1, 2019.

    Ontario's government says it will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019, a move being celebrated by labour groups and activists who have been calling for workplace reforms.

    Labour and anti-poverty groups are welcoming the announcement. "We're really quite thrilled," said Deena Ladd, co-ordinator of the Workers' Action Centre.

    .@Kathleen_Wynne says $15 min wage fully phased in within 18 months! #15andFairness! #onpoli

    Ladd told BuzzFeed Canada that although a flat minimum wage for everyone would be better — students and liquor servers can be paid less than the general minimum wage in Ontario — the government's announcement was encouraging.

    "By moving to $15 in such a short time, 18 months, it brings people above the poverty level," she said.

    The Workers' Action Centre is part of the Fight For $15 and Fairness coalition in Ontario and represents non-unionized workers in part-time, contract, and temporary positions.

    Activists have been pushing for a baseline $15 minimum wage and better workplace protections since 2012, when hundreds of fast food workers walked off the job in New York City.

    Here's what the minimum wage is across Canada, as of October 2016.