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.