The Fraser Institute is one of Canada’s most vocal groups opposing a higher minimum wage.

One of their biggest concerns is that that a higher minimum wage leads to massive job losses, especially amongst young workers.

In January, Ontario raised their minimum wage to $14 an hour. The Fraser Institute criticized the move in TV, radio and print.

It’s been over 6 months, so what does the data tell us about Ontario’s minimum wage? Did thousands of workers and youth lose their job like the Fraser Institute says will happen?

Nope. In fact, the opposite occurred.

Ontario is experiencing it’s lowest rate of unemployment in 18 years. The jobless rate in Ontario fell from 5.9% to 5.4% in July.

The Fraser Institute has been uncharacteristically silent. So how might they respond? They might say the overall unemployment rate doesn’t matter, and we need to look at youth employment. As they explain in their report, youth employment and minimum wage jobs should decline as employers can’t afford to keep employees.

But the data shows the opposite.

Minimum wage jobs grew by 7,900 since January’s minimum wage increase. And other low-paying sectors expanded, like transportation and warehousing, which gained 13,500 jobs.

If the Fraser Institute isn’t right about a this, how can we trust any of their studies?


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