Fact Check: Ford said a higher minimum wage killed jobs. Statistics Canada data shows that’s not true
Since the previous Liberal Ontario government announced they would increase the minimum wage to $14 in 2018 and $15 in 2019, big business groups and the Conservatives claimed Ontario would lose thousands of jobs.
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce claimed a higher wage would put 185,000 jobs at risk.
Since being elected, Doug Ford and the Ontario Conservatives claimed that Ontario lost 90,000 jobs since the minimum wage was raised to $14 on January 1 2018.
But the facts show that’s not even remotely true.
Since the minimum wage increase was announced, unemployment has stayed consistent at under 6%.
During the first six months from January 2018 to July 2018 when the $14 minimum wage was in effect, Ontario’s jobless rate fell to 5.4 percent, the lowest it’s been since 2000.
Many minimum wage detractors say precarious workers and those in the service sector would lose their job. That didn’t happen. Statistics Canada showed that the service sector, the jobs thought to be most impacted by a higher minimum wage, grew by 1.3 percent compared to the national average of 1.2 percent.
Those opposed to a higher minimum wage said youth would lose their jobs as businesses would be forced to fire them. But according to Statistics Canada, youth unemployment in Ontario has stayed the same since July of last year.
But it’s not just Statistics Canada. Scotiabank and the National bank of Canada both found zero impact of a higher minimum wage.
Analysis by economists from different Canadian universities showed that U.S. cities that adopted a living wage had zero negative impact on job creation.
That’s facts are clear – Doug Ford and his Conservatives are lying about the impact of Ontario’s minimum wage.