Ontario-Wide Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage to $14

Ontario-Wide Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage to $14

This is an update to the following previous blog Your Input: Canadian Poverty Consultation for Ontario Until October 2013.

low income measure graph minimum wage 2013

A fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work; that’s what Ontario workers need. The minimum wage – the lowest legal rate of pay – should make sure that when you work, you earn enough to live on. But in the 3 years since Ontario’s minimum wage was frozen, inflation has driven down minimum wage earnings 19% below the poverty line.1

The minimum wage should bring workers and their families out of poverty.

The minimum wage should be set 10% above the poverty line, using the Low Income Measure.

The minimum wage should be calculated based on a 35-hour week.

Ontario’s hourly paid employees work, on average, less than 35 hours a week. We should assume a 35-hour work week when calculating a minimum wage that will bring workers out of poverty.

The minimum wage should be updated every year with the cost of living.

Ontario should join the three other provinces and territories that
have already adopted this policy.

“We are all struggling to live on the minimum wage. When you go to the grocery store, food prices are way up. Rent is increasing every year. We are hard working people. But with the current minimum wage, it’s either you go hungry or pay the rent.”
Julia,
Workers’ Action Centre member

Following these principles, Ontario’s minimum wage should be $14.00 in 2013!

1  The 19% gap is derived from the difference between the $10.25 minimum wage and LIM for 2013. The current minimum wage is $18,655 per annum; based on 35 hour work week. In 2013, the Low Income Measure is $23,105; based on Before Tax LIM for a 1 person household calculated from 2010 LIM plus 2% CPI. Source: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/ pub/750002m/2012002/tbl/tbl03-eng.htm .

Campaign to Raise the Minimum Wage is a Province-wide Day of Action Starting August 14th!

Exciting plans are coming together for the first day of action for a $14 minimum wage.  On the 14th of every month, communities will be mobilizing for a $14 minimum wage – starting today Wednesday August 14th!

Check out the creative actions — Monopoly Street Theatre, Pop-up Street Parties, Pots and Pan rallies and more!!!

Join an action at the following locations!

Read more of Canadian Campaign for a $14 Minimum Wage in Ontario: On the 14th of Every Month-Starting Today 2013

This is an update to my previous blogs:

Here is a letter from Yvonne Kelly of  The PUT FOOD IN THE BUDGET CAMPAIGN inviting you to attend a public consultation re: the Options Paper just released from the Commissioners reviewing our Social Assistance System (both OW – Ontario Works - and ODSP – Ontario Disability Support Program) in Ontario, Canada:

Hello Everyone

Please find the invitation below to attend a public consultation re: the Options Paper just released from the Commissioners reviewing our Social Assistance System in Ontario. One concern is that given the direction of the paper, that we may not see adequacy of rates being addressed in the final recommendations they make in the final report to the Ontario government in June. Please do review the paper (link below) and join us on March 7th as the Human Services Planning Board hosts this community consultation.

The Commissioners have been invited to attend and have not sent a final confirmation. Nonetheless, this consultation with the community, service providers and community based groups can yield important feedback on the review thus far that will be compiled and provided to the Commission as part of their overall review of the system (both OW and ODSP) in Ontario.

Please RSVP as noted below and if you are able to attend and assist by taking notes in a small group or leading the discussion in a small group please reply to me. We are looking for about 8 individuals to help out in this way.

Bye for now.
Yvonne”
yvonnek@yrfn.ca

Your invitation:

Read more of You’re Invited: Public Consultation & Review of Canadian Social Assistance in Ontario March 7, 2012

Launch of Poverty Free Ontario Campaign in Newmarket September 15

Launch of Poverty Free Ontario Campaign in Newmarket September 15

Here is a letter to Canadians in Ontario from the York Region Do the Math Working Group:

Friends and Colleagues -

Join us for the Launch of the Poverty Free Ontario Campaign in Newmarket at 510 Penrose on Thursday September 15th at 10:30 am

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National Volunteer Week and PUT FOOD IN THE BUDGET's Plea

National Volunteer Week and PUT FOOD IN THE BUDGET's Plea

National Volunteer Week, April 10 to 16, is Canada’s largest celebration of volunteers, volunteerism, and civic participation.

To Canadian volunteers everywhere,
Thank you!

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is one of Canada’s leading grantmaking foundations.

As an agency of the Government of Ontario, the mission of the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is building healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario by strengthening the capacity of the voluntary sector, through investments in community-based initiatives.

To all volunteers and volunteer organizations in Ontario, Canada, Put Food in the Budget has the following important plea for reducing reliance on overburdened food banks and meal programs across Ontario.

National Volunteer Week and PUT FOOD IN THE BUDGET's Plea

National Volunteer Week and PUT FOOD IN THE BUDGET's Plea

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