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This paper examines 15 years of income inequality for families raising children in Ontario (2000 to 2015), comparing it with national data for context, and finds several disturbing trends.
TORONTO – Ontario is becoming more polarized as the bottom half of Ontario families see their share of the income pie shrinking while the top half takes home even more, says a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The bottom half of families raising children in Ontario saw its share of earnings fall to 19 per cent of total labour market income between 2000 and 2015—down three percentage points—while the top half of families increased its share of the income pie by three percentage points, earning 81 per cent of the total income pie.
TORONTO, ONTARIO – With a business lobby-led economic impact assessment on Ontario’s Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, due out this August, economic experts are available to discuss the findings upon release, as well as the decades of research on the impacts of raising the minimum wage.
In this paper, Fay Faraday explores how to provide workers in the on-demand service economy protection under the Employment Standards and Labour Relations Acts. Ontario’s Bill 148 – the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 – should provide protections to workers in precarious employment in the 21st century labour market. Workers in the on-demand service sector are at the forefront of both precarity and technological change. This paper provides guidance on how Bill 148 could be amended to extend protections to these workers.
The Ontario government has committed to raise its minimum wage to $14 on January 1, 2018 then to $15 on January 1, 2019. This paper examines who in the province will get a "raise" from the $15 minimum wage, and finds it will largely benefit the province’s most marginalized—a broad and diverse swath of workers including contract, seasonal, and casual workers, part-time workers, women, and immigrants.
The Ontario government has committed to raise its minimum wage to $15 on January 1, 2019. But who in the province will benefit most from the increase? Like and share the image below, and read our report to find out more about which Ontarians will get a raise: Ontario Needs A Raise: Who Benefits From a $15 Minimum Wage.
OTTAWA—Ontario’s commitment to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour has more to do with raising earnings for the province’s most marginalized than the move’s potential impacts on teenaged workers or small mom-and-pop shops. 
Notwithstanding stable economic growth and consistently low unemployment, poverty remains a problem in Manitoba. In 2014, 11 per cent of Manitobans lived in low income. That’s down from 11.8 per cent in 2011, however child poverty continues to be stubbornly high, with the 2014 rate at 16.2 per cent.
Welcome to the new Our Schools / Our Selves! Thanks so much for your patience. No doubt you’ve noticed that this is the spring/summer issue, and it breaks the (visual) mold you’ve grown accustomed to. We have launched a major redesign to try and ensure the look of the publication is as accessible and engaging as the contents we publish. Through this process, we will be temporarily moving to double issues for the next few months.

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