Why Raise the Minimum Wage?
It has been frozen in Ontario at $10.25 per hour for three years. Since 2003, the percentage of people earning minimum wage has more than doubled from 4.3% to 9%. Youth are not the only ones working minimum wage jobs. One-fifth of prime-age workers (above 25 years) are making minimum wage or very close to minimum wage. With the rising cost of living, people working full-time, full year at minimum wage earn 19% below the Low Income Measure of poverty. The Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage is calling the Ontario government to increase the minimum wage to $14 per hour, with annual increases indexed to inflation. This rate will bring minimum wage workers 10% above the poverty line. This will not only help to reduce poverty but will also lead to improved health and cost savings for Ontario’s healthcare system. See our Letter to Premier calling for above-poverty fair wage policy