Ford Government’s Minimum Wage Increase Cancellation Is Disappointing

A Statement from the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network

Posted September 27th, 2018 on Niagara At Large

The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network is disappointed with the announcement of the cancellation of the minimum wage increase scheduled for January 1, 2019.

The current minimum wage will remain frozen at $14.00, despite data showing that the impacts of the minimum wage increase earlier this year has not led to significant unemployment.

With the annual cost of household living expenses for a Niagara region family of four conservatively pegged at over $71,000, the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network has calculated the hourly wage necessary for families to meet these expenses, otherwise known as a living wage, to be $17.57. The calculation reports are available at www.wipeoutpoverty.ca

“The difference between current minimum wage and living wage in Niagara region is $3.57 an hour. The forthcoming minimum wage increase to $15.00 an hour would have been a significant help for the many low wage earners across Niagara region and moved them closer to the actual living wage,” says Glen Walker, Chair of the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network.

“The cost of living continues to rise across Niagara region and many families working at low wage jobs are struggling to make ends meet. Providing wages that allow a family to meet its basic household needs is an important tool to address cost of living challenges in Niagara region and should be top of mind for all employers,” says Walker.

About the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network –

Who – The Niagara Poverty Reduction Network (NPRN) is a group of residents, businesses and organizations.

What – NPRN’s vision is “All Niagara residents live above the poverty line.”  This vision is supported by a mission that encourages “Niagara residents, businesses and organizations working together to improve the quality of life in Niagara.”  Five values are entrenched in the work of the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network—Collaborative, Inclusive, Innovative, Integrity, and Accountable.

To learn more about the Niagara Poverty Reduction Network and its work, click on – https://www.wipeoutpoverty.ca/ .

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One response to “Ford Government’s Minimum Wage Increase Cancellation Is Disappointing

  1. Gary Screaton Page

    Another Trump-type move by Premier Ford.
    When during the election did he even hint that he would undo the newest minimum-wage legislation? He didn’t.
    He would have been defeated!
    He did say he would save the province money — although he didn’t say by hiring friends at $600,000+ salaries! He didn’t say he would save the better off among us by beating down the less well off.
    There is enough money to go around in Ontario to have a fair minimum wage. There is plenty enough at the very top to be sure. Does anyone wonder whether Mr. Ford’s wealth — perhaps gained from his father — clouds his vision when he looks out among the citizens of Ontario and decides who will benefit most from his governance.
    Clearly, it is neither the poorest, nor the weakest among us! Seems more like those in his own back yard.
    A four-year term is getting to seem very long already. However, we won’t forget next election Mr. Ford.

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