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CAMPAIGN TO RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE!

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.

The minimum wage has been frozen at $10.25 for three years. It’s time for an increase!

We need a minimum wage of $14 in 2013 to bring workers and their families 10% above the poverty line – and a commitment to annual cost-of-living adjustments.

Contact us at raisetheminimumwage@gmail.com to get connected to local actions, or to get support to start-up a minimum wage campaign in your community.

Follow actions and updates from across Ontario by liking the Raise the Minimum Wage facebook page here. Click on the campaign logo at the right to visit the Raise the Minimum Wage website for information, provincial updates, and to get involved!

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, Put Food in the Budget, Social Planning Toronto, Toronto and York Region Labour Council and the Workers’ Action Centre.

Campaign 2013 Background

The province-wide campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage was launched on March 21, 2013 with communities across Ontario demanding the government break the freeze. Creative actions and rallies took place in Belleville, Hamilton, London, Peterborough, Kingston, Kitchener-Waterloo, Oshawa, Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Sudbury, Toronto, Windsor, Welland and York Region with  local community groups and activists delivering our message to local MPP’s and Ministry of Labour offices.

Ontarians can’t wait for another commission to study when the minimum wage should be raised and by how much. We need action now. Our basic principles are:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Join the campaign! We need your help to spread the campaign to even more communities!

 

Rally outside Toronto Ministry of Labour

Rally outside Toronto Ministry of Labour

 

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Materials & Handouts

Raise the Minimum Wage - Campaign Backgrounder

Submission to the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel