One Step Forward

Assessing the labour market impacts of Ontario’s 2018 minimum wage increase
April 5, 2022
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This report examines the impact of increasing Ontario's minimum wage to $14 per hour in 2018. 

Despite dire predictions that increasing minimum wage would eliminate jobs, employment actually increased in the period after the change.

The study, funded by the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF), also found racialized workers, especially women, benefitted from the minmum wage increase, largely due to the gendered and racialized nature of low-wage work.

Employment in almost all industries with lower-than-average wages increased.