It’s unclear whether Doug Ford’s PC government will maintain last January’s increase from $11.60 to $14.
minimum wage hikes
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.
Many minimum wage workers would likely not benefit from the PC income tax exemption plan.
The Canada Workers Benefit provides cash transfers to working Canadians below a certain income.
The B.C. government wants to raise the province’s minimum wage from $11.35 to $15.20 by 2021.
Closely linking January’s job losses to the Wynne government’s minimum wage hikes without recognizing other causes creates a dangerous precedent.