The Ontario government has announced that the minimum wage will move to $11 on June 1. My colleague Sheila Block has drawn the links between the minimum wage, racialized workers and poor health. But what about the minimum wage and affordable housing? The short answer: Even with the June boost, an employee working full-time for […]
Ontario’s Advisory Panel on the Minimum Wage has released its report today. The report limited its recommendations to mechanisms to increase the minimum wage, and did not make any recommendations on whether the current minimum wage is the right starting point. It made the following substantive recommendations: the minimum wage should be increased annually by […]
This morning there was a lively debate on CBC`s The Current about working poverty and what would happen if we raised incomes for low wage workers in this in this country and in this province. Two key things popped out at me this morning: first, how hard it is to be healthy on minimum wage, […]
The power of grassroots organizing was demonstrated yesterday when the Ontario government announced improved protection for marginalized workers. The proposed changes to the Employment Standards Act (ESA) will make it easier for workers to access their rights when they have been violated; and will make it harder for employers to exploit these workers. The changes […]
To learn more about who is working for minimum wage in Ontario, read the report.
Data from the Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics shows us that minimum wage work is not distributed equally across all Ontarians: women, racialized workers and recent immigrants are more likely to be working for minimum wage. In 2011, the share of racialized employees at minimum wage is 47 percent higher than for the total […]