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Minimum wage increase

Starting January 1, 2018, the minimum wage in Ontario will increase to $14/hour. On January 1, 2019 it will again increase to $15/hour.

Who is affected?

The minimum wage increase will impact the loss of earnings benefits that some people are currently receiving.

Where a person is employed and their wage increases due to the minimum wage increase, the wage increase is a material change in circumstances that must be reported to the WSIB. After it is reported, we will determine whether their loss of earnings benefit is adjusted.

Where a person is not employed, but we have determined they are capable of working in a suitable occupation with a wage below the new minimum wage, we will consider the new minimum wage at their next annual case review and determine whether their loss of earnings benefit is adjusted at that time.

We’ve come up with a process.

To make sure that people who are not employed and are currently receiving loss of earnings benefits based on determined wages below the new minimum wage in 2018 do not experience significant reductions in loss of earnings benefits over a short period, we will generally phase in the new minimum wage for them. Specifically, an eligible person’s gross determined wage will only be allowed to increase a maximum of 10% at each annual case review. This means their loss of earnings benefit may be adjusted by a lesser amount when compared with how it may be adjusted if the new minimum wage was used.

Questions?

We are here to help. Please call us at 416-344-1000 or toll-free at 1-800-387-0050.

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