Bringing Minimum Wages Above the Poverty Line

CCPA released a report, Bringing Minimum Wages Above the Poverty Line (in PDF) that shows provincial governments have allowed the value of minimum wages to be eaten away by inflation for too long. Last week, Ontario announced plans to increase its minimum wage to $10.25 by 2010, arguing a more rapid increase would mean substantial job losses. This report finds that minimum wage has little impact on employment levels. Anti-poverty advocates have called on the government to immediately increase the minimum wage.