It has been three years since Ontario’s low-wage workers got a boost of extra cash when the Liberal government of the day raised a minimum wage that had been frozen for nearly a decade.
Indeed, poverty activists have been pushing for a $14 mandatory minimum. But Wynne’s recent budget did not offer immediate change. It provided some extra money to social assistance recipients, but for the 8 per cent of the workforce that is earning the minimum it promised only an advisory panel of business, worker and youth representatives to examine possible adjustments. The panel is to report back six months after the budget is passed. It will “consult widely” to see how the minimum wage is set up in other provinces. Some provinces index wages based on the consumer price index while others rely on minimum wage boards or advisory committees.