Ontario’s Minimum Wage Increases to $11 Per Hour on June 1, 2014

This is an update to the previous blogs:

“Virtually every Canadian trying to survive on minimum wage in any province – and the wages vary – lives below the poverty line. In Ontario … the push for a $14 minimum wage has spawned protests on the 14th of every month…..The minimum wage in Canada ranges from $9.95/hr in Alberta to $11/hr in Nunavut.”
Anna Maria Tremonti
cbc.ca

Hugh Mackenzie provides the interactive infographic CEO vs Average Pay in Canada: All in a Day’s Work?

And Mackenzie’s report All in a Day’s Work? CEO Pay in Canada gives us the following insight:

“Five years after a global recession knocked the wind out of Canada’s labour market, throwing tens of thousands of workers onto the unemployment line and sidelining a generation of young workers, the compensation of Canada’s CEO elite continues to sail along.”
Hugh Mackenzie
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives

Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives' Infographic, 2014
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’ Infographic, 2014

“Young people used to make up the bulk of minimum wage workers, but the data show that by 2011, nearly 40 per cent were 25 or older.

Various social groups, unions and health-care professionals have been pressuring governments to raise the minimum wage to $14 an hour, noting it would mean a pre-tax difference of $650 a month to thousands of the lowest-paid workers in Ontario.

The Workers Action Centre in Toronto, one of the groups fighting for a $14 minimum wage, is pleased to see increases tied to inflation, but warns it’s not enough.

“A full-time minimum wage earner falls 25 per cent below the poverty line, and we need much more than a cost-of-living increase to address this shortfall,” said spokeswoman Deena Ladd.”
Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press
CityNews Toronto

It is announced today that Ontario is increasing the minimum wage from $10.25 to $11 per hour on June 1, 2014.

  • This new rate reflects the rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) since the last minimum wage increase in 2010.
    • Consumer Price Index is a key indicator of how the economy is doing.

This CTV News video from The Globe & Mail presents “Ontario government raising the minimum wage to $11.”

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Ottawa’s Cornerstone Housing for Homeless Women: Official Opening

Congratulations to the City of Ottawa and Cornerstone (a community organization dedicated to improving the lives of homeless women) for the great official opening of Cornerstone Housing for Women at 314 Booth Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada!

Cornerstone Housing for Women is a new 42-bed residential site which will provide permanent housing and supports to at-risk homeless women.

This new Cornerstone housing for homeless women will also help give them the best chance at success through supports including:

  • nutritious meals,
  • recreational programs,
  • spiritual programs,
  • social programs,
  • computer labs and training courses.

Furthermore, Ontario helps homeless women find and keep permanent, affordable housing in the following ways:

  • Ontario is committing an additional $255,000 a year to help Cornerstone Housing for Women cover annual operating costs. That investment is being matched by the City of Ottawa.
  • Since 2003, Ontario has helped the City of Ottawa to build 1,240 affordable housing units and repair 27,698 social housing units in the Ottawa region.

Please click here for Ontario’s Long-Term Affordable Housing Strategy.

For info about Ottawa’s housing services for people who are homeles,please click here.

Ottawa's Cornerstone Housing for Women
Ottawa's Cornerstone Housing for Women

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