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The Federal Election and Upcoming Increase to Minimum Hourly Wage Rate – September 15, 2021

September 15, 2021
by Israel Foulon Wong LLP

Employees are Entitled to Time off From Work to Vote in the Federal Election

Under the Canada Elections Act (the “Act”), employers are required to provide paid leave in the event that the employee’s work hours on the date of the election do not provide the employee with three consecutive hours off during the voting period (9:30 am to 9:30 pm) on the date of the election.

An employer’s obligation under the Act may be satisfied by permitting the employee to leave work early in order to vote. For example, if an employee was scheduled to work from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on the date of the election, the employer could satisfy its obligations by permitting the employee to leave 30 minutes early provided they continued to pay the employee for their full shift (until 7:00 pm).  Employers who employ employees on a more traditional schedule (for example 9:00 am to 5:00 pm) do not need to take any action as the employee will already have three consecutive hours off of work during the voting period at the end of their shift.

Increase to the Minimum Wage Rate

Effective October 1, 2021, the standard minimum wage rate increased by .10 cents to $14.35 per hour. Under the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, this increase is tied to the Ontario Consumer Price Index for 2020.

You can access the Ministry of Labour’s documentation on Minimum Wage Rates HERE. 

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