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Ontario Increasing Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour

Posted on Monday, January 03, 2022 08:29 AM

The Ontario government has raised the general minimum wage to $15.00 per hour starting on January 1, 2022. This new, higher general minimum wage is expanded to now include bartenders and alcohol servers. The special minimum wages for students under 18, homeworkers and hunting, fishing and wilderness guides have also increased.

As of January 1, 2022, the following wages are in place in Ontario:

  • General minimum wage workers are now earning $15.00 per hour, a raise from $14.35.
  • Liquor servers have...

Ontario Launches New Supports for Businesses

Posted on Thursday, December 23, 2021 11:53 AM

The Ontario government is introducing new supports for many of the businesses that are most impacted by public health measures in response to the Omicron variant. These supports include a new Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program and a six-month interest- and penalty-free period to make payments for most provincially administered taxes.

Through the new Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program, eligible businesses will receive rebate payments equivalent to 50 per cent of the property tax and energy costs...

2022 Budget Receives Council Approval

Posted on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 10:19 AM

On December 13, Council approved the 2022 budget for the Town of Halton Hills with a blended tax rate increase of 2.85% when combined with the forecasted tax changes at Halton Region (2.16%) and school boards (0%). The local Town tax increase is 4.57% with an additional 0.67% levy dedicated towards rising insurance premiums. Based on MPAC’s 2016 Current Value Assessment (CVA) of $623,500 for the average residential property in Halton Hills, residents can expect to see an overall increase of $141.39...

Mayor and Councillors holding large cheque and facade of Mexican Way restaurant

New Mexican Restaurant Receives Façade Improvement Grant

Posted on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 10:11 AM

The Town celebrated the official grand opening of a new restaurant, The Mexican Way, on December 10. Façade improvements to the front of the building were supported through the municipality’s Community Improvement Program (CIP) Façade Improvement Grant.

“It is my pleasure to welcome The Mexican Way to Halton Hills,” said Mayor Rick Bonnette. “I am always pleased to see businesses utilize the CIP. Grants that support façade improvements in particular, provide a two-fold benefit – both the financial...

Ontario Applying Additional Measures to Slow COVID-19 Spread

Posted on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 09:15 AM

In response to the highly transmissible Omicron variant, the Ontario government is applying additional public health and workplace safety measures, including capacity and social gathering limits. These measures will help curb COVID-19 transmission and continue to safeguard Ontario’s hospitals and ICU capacity as the province continues its booster dose rollout.

The latest modelling suggests that the increased transmissibility of the Omicron variant could put additional strain on Ontario’s...