Front-line workers in Ontario will receive an additional $ 4 for the next 16 weeks amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Premier Doug Ford made the announcement on Saturday at Queen’s Park with Minister of Health Christine Elliott, Minister of Long-Term Care Merrilee Fullerton and President of the Treasury Board, Peter Bethlenfalvy.
“This is our way of saying thank you,” said Ford.
Workers eligible for the increase in “temporary pandemic payment” include staff in long-term care homes, retirement homes, emergency shelters, supportive housing, correctional facilities, youth justice facilities and those providing home and community care.
The provincial government has said that the average full-time worker will receive $ 3,560 in additional compensation over the next four months.
Ford also said that employees who work more than 100 hours per month will receive an additional lump sum payment of $ 250 per month.
About 350,000 workers in the province will benefit from the wage increase, said Ford, which takes effect April 24 and lasts until August 13.
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