Premier Kathleen Wynne plans to increase Ontario’s minimum wage to $15 per hour over the next 18 months.
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.
Most minimum wage workers are aged 15 to 24.
Ontario’s hourly wage floor will climb from $11.40 today to $15 in 2019.
For every 10 per cent increase in the minimum wage, youth employment drops by three to six per cent.
The vast majority of minimum wage workers—85 per cent—do not live in low-income households.
Some recipients may decide not to work for minimum wage.
In reality, 88 per cent of minimum wage earners in Canada do not live in low-income households.
Living wage law may lead to higher municipal taxes or reduced spending on other services.