Ontario workers are struggling to get by working 2 or 3 low paying jobs. No one should work full time and yet still live in poverty. Thanks to more than a year of organizing across the province, the Ontario minimum wage went up to $11 on June 1, 2014. But an $11 minimum wage still leaves full-time workers more than 16 % below the poverty line. Not all minimum wage workers will receive a 75-cent increase on June 1:
- Students under the age of 18 will receive only 70 cents more – a shift from $9.60 to $10.30;
- Liquor servers will receive a only 65 cents more – an increase from $8.90 to $9.55; and
- Farmworkers are excluded from all minimum wage provisions of the Employment Standards Act, including any restrictions on hours of work, or provisions for overtime and vacation pay.
We need a minimum wage of $15 to bring workers and their families 10% above the poverty line – and a commitment to annual cost-of-living adjustments. OUR PRINCIPLES:
- The minimum wage should bring workers and their families out of poverty. The minimum wage should be set 10% above the poverty line, using the Low Income Measure.
- The minimum wage should be calculated based on a 35-hour work week. Ontario’s hourly paid employees work, on average, less than 35 hours a week. We should assume a 35-hour work week when calculating a minimum wage that will bring workers out of poverty.
- The minimum wage should be updated every year with the cost of living. Ontario should join the four other provinces and territories that have already adopted this policy.
The Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage is coordinated by ACORN, Freedom 90, Mennonite New Life Centre, OCAP, Ontario Campaign 2000, Parkdale Community Legal Services, Peel Regional Labour Council, Put Food in the Budget, Social Planning Toronto, Toronto and York Region Labour Council, Unifor and the Workers’ Action Centre. Join the campaign! We need your help to spread the campaign to even more communities!