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The Ontario government announced today that personal support workers will continue to receive a temporary wage increase this fall.

According to a press release, Ontario is investing an additional $169 million to continue extending wage increases until October 31, 2021. The last extension was put into place on June 11 and was set to expire on August 23.

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As part of the 2021 federal budget, Deputy PM and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland announced that Canada’s minimum wage is set to be boosted across all federally-regulated industries.

Speaking on Monday, April 19, Freeland said that “low-wage workers in Canada work harder than anyone else in this country, for less pay.”

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As of June 1, 2021, the B.C. minimum wage will be increased to $15.20 per hour, up from $14.60.

Not only will that number be going up, but liquor servers will finally be getting the same amount as other minimum wage workers.

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If you earn minimum wage, it looks like you aren't making enough to afford to live in Ontario's most expensive regions. 

According to Ontario Living Wage Network, the province's least affordable regions currently require a salary well above $14.25/hr to live comfortably.

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Being able to afford to live off minimum wage isn't something that is possible for most people, according to the Ontario Living Wage Network. 

In fact, even the cost of living in the province's cheapest regions is still more than the current minimum wage. 

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