Ontario Minimum Wage Increase Impacts Federal LCP

Please remember this come election time in Ontario…

We all know how complicated it is to set-up and file payroll to the CRA for live-in caregivers, well thanks to the Ontario government (I’m sure with the love and support of the NDP), the increase in minimum wage from $10.00 and hour to $10.25 will mean mid-year you will have to change your payroll figures you report to the CRA.

Thank you Dalton McGuinty.

Of course, the CRA will not audit, nor penalize you for accidentally excluding this increase in the payroll figures – they just won’t tell you that. 

Here is the press release from my friends at the Wee Care Placement Agency, www.weecareplacement.ca.

Please note effective March 31, 2010, the prevailing wage rate in Ontario for the Live-In Caregiver Program will be increased to $10.25 gross/hour from the current prevailing wage rate of $10.00.

Information on the Regional Wages, Working Conditions and Advertisement Requirements for the Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP) found on the TFWP website URL at: http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/foreign_workers/advertreq/wageadreq.shtml will be updated.

I will never figure out how raising minimum wage is going to help anyone?  Minimum wage is an entry level wage usually for people who are first entering the workforce, like teens, or for those unskilled workers who are learning a trade.  If they are any good at it, they will perform better and earn a better wage or get promoted.  If the starting wage is too high, places will hire less entry level or part-time staff and people who need experience to learn and develop and grown won’t get that chance.  If it made sense, everyone would get $20.00 and hour and all Ontarians would own $500,000.00 houses.  But they don’t.


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