Premier Kathleen Wynne said Tuesday that the minimum wage hike will be phased in, rising to $14 by Jan. 1, 2018, and $15 by the same date in 2019, followed by further annual increases to keep up with inflation. The general minimum wage in the province is currently $11.40.
Alberta's NDP government was the first Canadian jurisdiction to embrace a $15 minimum wage, with the province set to hit that goal by October 2018.
"Increasing the minimum wage will make a world of difference in millions of lives," she said.
Other labour reforms the government has proposed include:
* paying part-time, temporary, casual, and seasonal employees the same as full-time employees if they are doing the same job;
* at least three weeks of paid vacation time after five years with the same employer;
* heavier fines for employers who break labour laws;
* requiring employers to improve shift scheduling, and to pay employees for three hours of work if their shift is cancelled within 48 hours of its scheduled start time;
* making it easier for workers to unionize.