TORONTO—The Ontario government will announce today an advisory panel to study and make recommendations regarding a possible minimum wage increase in 2014.
The panel was promised in the 2013 budget.
The Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage is calling for an immediate increase in the minimum wage to $14—the amount in 2013 needed to bring the minimum wage 10 per cent above the poverty line for a single person working 35 hours a week.
“The panel will tell us what we already know: people are struggling to make ends meet,” says Marcelle Daniels, a Workers’ Action Centre member.
This issue touches workers in cities across Ontario, as communities struggle with the rise of precarious and low-wage jobs. A recent study from United Way Toronto and McMaster University found half of workers in the GTA and Hamilton have access to full-time jobs.
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 Workers’ Action Centre.