The announcement of a higher minimum wage in Canada’s most populous province of Ontario is good news, but it’s still not enough to get workers above the poverty line, says the province’s labour federation.
On Thursday, the Liberal government of Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the province’s minimum wage would rise from $10.25 an hour to $11 as of June 1. The government has also announced it will introduce legislation to tie future increases to the rate of inflation.
Sid Ryan, the president of the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), welcomed the increase but said “an $11 minimum wage will still mean that low-wage workers have to rely on taxpayer support, not fair wages, to escape the poverty trap.”
The federation, as well as other groups, had called on the government to increase the minimum wage to $14 an hour.
RCI’s Wojtek Gwiazda spoke to Joel Duff, the OFL’s Communications Director, about the importance of raising minimum wages.Listen
Toronto Star - Ontario minimum wage goes up June 1 to $11 – here
Ontario Federation of Labour press release - Inflationary increases will protect minimum wage earners from falling behind, but $11 is not enough to work their way out of poverty – here
Ontario Ministry of Labour – 2014 Minimum Wage Advisory Panel Report – here