Raising the Bar

Revisiting the Benchmark Question for Ontario’s Minimum Wage
October 1, 2015
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The Ontario government has also been under steady pressure to raise the minimum wage. It responded to that pressure by striking the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel in June 2013. The panel was tasked with reviewing Ontario’s current approach to setting the minimum wage and providing advice on how it should be set and adjusted moving forward. This paper outlines the panel’s consultation process and final report, and finds that the panel’s recommendations sidestepped a very important question in the minimum wage discussion: What is an appropriate benchmark for setting the minimum wage?