It’s unclear whether Doug Ford’s PC government will maintain last January’s increase from $11.60 to $14.
Raising Ontario’s minimum wage is an ineffective way of fighting poverty because it fails to target the people who need help the most.
For many young people, a minimum wage job is a first step on the economic ladder.
In B.C., more than 55 per cent of all minimum wage earners are between the ages of 15 and 24.
In fact, 60 per cent of minimum wage workers are aged 15 to 24.
A 10 per cent increase in the minimum wage leads to, on average, a three to six per cent decline in youth employment.
After Seattle’s minimum wage increased to $13 per hour, the total number of low-wage jobs declined by 6.8 per cent.
Most minimum wage earners in Ontario are not the primary or sole earner in their household.
The vast majority of minimum wage workers—85 per cent—do not live in low-income households.