September 27, 2017

A $15 Minimum Wage

Our demands:

  • $15 minimum wage
  • No exemptions

What our movement won in Bill 148: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act:
Ontario’s general minimum wage will increase to $14 on January 1, 2018, and $15 on January 1, 2019. Annual cost of living adjustments will resume thereafter.

Ontario workers have been struggling to get by on low wages and precarious unstable jobs for far too long. As the cost of living increases and corporate profits continue to break records, workers have seen their wages stagnate.

In 2013, after four years of the minimum wage being frozen at $10.25, workers came together to launch the Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage. This organizing pressured the Ontario government to increase the minimum wage from $10.25 to $11.00 an hour in 2014, and to index it to annual cost of living increases. But the minimum wage, currently at $11.60 an hour, still leaves workers 17% below the poverty line.That’s why we launched the Fight for $15 & Fairness, and as a result of our organizing we won $15 minimum wage legislation.

But we cannot stop there. There are still many groups of workers that are exempted from this minimum wage, and are forced to try to make ends meet on even lower wages. Students, liquor servers, farmworkers, to name just a few, are all allowed to be paid a lower minimum wage rate. This makes Ontario one of the few provinces in the country that has sub-minimum wage rates for certain groups of workers, and that is unacceptable. Basic minimum standards should protect everyone equally, we must bring an end to sub-minimum wage rates.


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