Minimum wage going up $1.15 Sunday

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Ontario’s minimum wage is going up Oct. 1

It will increase from $15.50 to $16.55 per hour.

An estimated 900,000 people will receive the wage bump which – for a full time worker paid minimum wage earner – will increase their wage by $2,200 a year to about $32,000 a year.

It means Ontario has the highest minimum age in the country.

The wage increase was approved by the Legislature earlier this week with the passage of the Working for Workers Act.

The general standard for housing cost is one third of your income. That means minimum wage earners have about $888 per month to spend on rent. The average rent in Sarnia-Lambton is now $1,200.