New Year Brings Changes for Ontarians

The New Year brings more than one reason to celebrate for families and young adults.

Every Ontarian with a health card who's 24 or younger can now get their prescription meds for free.

"We believe in helping all families receive the medication they need, at no cost, to stay healthy and strong regardless of income. OHIP plus is a bold step toward our commitment and vision of bringing universal drug coverage to all Ontarians,"
says Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care.  
All you need is a valid prescription and an Ontario health card number.

Ontario is the first province in Canada to offer children and young adults with free Pharmacare.

Also on January 1, minimum wage went up to $14 per hour.

Increased paid vacations and new personal emergency days are also now in effect.

"Our plan for fair workplaces and better jobs provides a minimum wage people can actually live on and modernizes our labour laws to adapt to an ever-changing economy," says Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour.

"Too many families struggle to get by on part-time or temporary work. Those working full-time can be living in poverty. This is unacceptable in Ontario. Our plan will help ensure everyone who works hard has the chance to reach their full potential and share in Ontario's prosperity."

As part of Ontario's Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, the minimum wage will increase again to $15 an hour on January 1, 2019.