The minimum wage in Ontario will increase to $10.25 per hour effective Wednesday — an increase of 75 cents.

The wage has increased each year since 2004, when it stood at $6.85 per hour, after being frozen between 1995 and 2004.

With the latest increase, the rate will have grown by almost 50 per cent since 2004.

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In 2004, the hourly rate was $6.85 per hour until it was increased to $7.15 on Feb. 1 that year.

The rate was boosted to $7.45 in 2005; $7.75 in 2006, $8 in 2007; $8.75 in 2008 and to $9.50 per hour on March 31, 2009.