Aug 15, 2017

By Andy Johnson

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Two new Ontario labour studies are at opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to Ontario’s move to a $15 minimum wage.
One study applauds and encourages the Wynne Government’s move toward labour reform and higher wages, while the second, pro-business report, is warning against.
The  Canadian Centre for Policy Alternative suggests the poor in Ontario are getting poorer at the expense of the more well to do.  The CCPA study, entitled “Losing Ground” was authored by economist Sheila Block and says between 2000 and 2015, the bottom half of Ontario’s familys’ earnings has slipped while the top half has seen earnings increase.
The CCPA report lays the blame on the decline of manufacturing jobs and the increase in part time service sector work. It urges the Wynne Government at Queen’s Park to go further than simply raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

A second study, this one from the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis and supported by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, says if the legislation, is implemented as currently drafted, there will be significant, sudden and sizable uncertainty for Ontario jobs, the economy and communities..  It says about 180,000 jobs would be at risk and everyday consumer goods and services would increase by thousands of dollars for each family in Ontario.

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