Three of the province's CMAs experienced employment growth at less than half the national average.
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Minimum wage legislation reduces employment and non-wage benefits such as skills training.
The Toronto and Ottawa metropolitan areas were responsible for 98.6 per cent of all net job growth in the province.
From 2007-2016, private-sector employment growth in Ontario averaged just 0.6 per cent annually.
Ontario’s top income tax rate is the second-highest in Canada and the United States.
Toronto's employment rate fell from 64 per cent to 61.9 per cent.
On labour market performance, Ontario ranks 52nd of 60 North American jurisdictions.
Higher minimum wages tend to reduce employment opportunities for younger and less-skilled workers.