Total employment increased by 17.3 per cent in the GTA, 9.7 per cent in Ottawa and 1.9 per cent in the rest of the province.
Women over 25 years old working full-time were hardest hit, with employment decreasing by 31,500 jobs.
Canada’s employment rate has steadily declined since December 2017—from 62.0 per cent to 61.5 per cent.
Closely linking January’s job losses to the Wynne government’s minimum wage hikes without recognizing other causes creates a dangerous precedent.
The Brown-led PCs would move to a $15 minimum wage over a four-year period.
Four CMAs saw their employment shrink, and they were all in Ontario.
Other regions created new jobs on net, but those were almost entirely offset by other regions shedding jobs.
Job-creation in London, Greater Sudbury and Thunder Bay was negative.
Between now and 2019, Ontario will increase its minimum wage to $15 per hour.