Ontario’s Major Political Parties Lure Voters with Minimum Wage Increase

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Ontario’s three major political parties are promising to raise the province’s minimum wage if they won the coming elections.

The Ontario Progressive Conservative government has said that if they are re-elected in June, they will raise the minimum wage by another 50 cents. That would bring the minimum wage to $15.50 per hour.

Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon, saying the wage increase would go into effect in early fall.

The NDP also say they’d boost the minimum wage on October 1, but if they’re elected it would change to $16 per hour.

Under the New Democrat plan, party officials say the minimum wage would hit $20 per hour by 2026.

Meantime, the Ontario Liberals are promising $16 an hour by 2023, along with 10 paid sick days if they win in June.

According to a 2021 report by the Ontario Living Wage Network, people living in Toronto need to make at least $22.08 an hour to afford basic items such as food, clothing, shelter, transportation, child care and medical care, among other necessities. The lowest living wage indicated in the report was $16.20 in Sault Ste. Marie.

 

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