Wynne also detailed plans to ensure part-time workers will get equal pay for doing work equal to full-time staff, and said that workers will be able to get three weeks of paid vacation a year after five years with a company, instead of two weeks.
The Keep Ontario Working Coalition, formed in response to the proposed labour law changes, warned the changes will lead to "unintended consequences, including job losses, rising consumer costs, and economic hardship". "Raising the minimum wage is about creating a fairer, more equal society where everyone gets to share in our province's economic growth".
The increase would be phased in over the next 18 months, moving up to $14 an hour in January of 2018, and then to $15 the following year.
A former chief economist at the United States Department of Labor, Diana Furchtgott-Roth, who is now serving with the Manhattan Institute, maintains that the Democrats' effort to spike America's minimum wage is futile.
The NLC also proposed N56,000 monthly wage for the least paid worker, convinced that a new salary structure based on that minimum wage would shore up disposable incomes and lift workers out of the crushing poverty in which a lot of them have lived over the years.
The bill to amend the National Minimum Wage Act has since passed through second reading, Vanguard reports.
"The Labour movement has supported the call for a $15 minimum wage and we're pleased to see this important step being taken", OFL president Chris Buckley said in a statement.
The report didn't examine the minimum wage, which is now indexed to inflation and had been set to rise from $11.40 to $11.60 in October, but Wynne said raising it will make a difference in millions of people's lives.
Workers with disabilities are also underpaid because of a sub-minimum wage.
The territory's minimum wage will rise from $8.35 per hour to 9.50 per hour on Thursday.
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Progressive Conservative MPP Bill Walker said he is also concerned about the impact of the increases on small, perhaps family-run, businesses, of which he said there are plenty in Grey-Bruce. "In the real world, the tipping status quo works for employees, employers, and customers - and dramatic increases in the tipped wage would reduce these highly sought after job opportunities".
"Wage line is one of the largest operational lines small businesses have to manage", he said.
And some analysts believe the overall financial and social effect of a higher minimum wage will be minimal.
Following the overwhelming support for the bill, Speaker Yakubu Dogara referred the bill to the House Committee on Labour, Employment and Productivity for further legislative action.