Inclusive and Just Society

Eliminate the Student Minimum Wage and Create Fairer Wages for Youth

Students in Ontario under the age of 18 who work 28 hours a week or below are paid an hourly rate of $0.70 less than the general minimum wage. Furthermore, “The Three-Hour Rule” does not apply to students (including students over 18 years of age).

 

“The Three-Hour Rule” in Ontario is defined as:

When an employee who regularly works more than three hours a day is required to report to work but works less than three hours, he or she must be paid whichever of the following amounts is the highest:

● three hours at the minimum wage,

or

● the employee's regular wage for the time worked

 

Ontario is the only province or territory in Canada that currently has a youth or student minimum wage. Other territories and provinces had youth minimum wages but repealed them shortly after the introduction of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms - which states nobody can be discriminated based on their age.

 

Having a student minimum-wage in Ontario hinders students' ability to save up for post-secondary education, is unjust, and also violates students' rights under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

 

The Ontario Liberal Party should encourage the Provincial Government to change the law so that students are paid the same hourly minimum wage as non-students as well as change the law so that “The Three-Hour Rule” applies to all youth and students.

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