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Ontario may delay minimum wage hike

Next year’s rise to $10.25 an hour may be put off

OTTAWA — Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty says he may have to delay next year’s planned minimum wage hike.

McGuinty says this year’s increase — to $9.50 an hour from $8.75 — will go ahead as planned on Wednesday.

But he says next year’s rise to $10.25 an hour may have to be put off, depending on the state of the economy.

He said he will look at business conditions next year and make a decision.