Ontario NDP promises a $ 1-a-year minimum wage increase

In the last election, Doug Ford promoted beer.

In the next elections, Andrea Horwath bets for a dollar a year.

In an announcement Tuesday morning, the Ontario NDP leader said if she is elected prime minister in June, she will raise the minimum wage to $ 20 an hour by 2026, starting at $ 16 next October and increasing $ 1 each year. .

“The price of everything is going up, from gas to housing to hydropower bills, and with Doug Ford’s low-wage policy, everyone is feeling the pressure,” Horwath said. “Those who earn the minimum wage are working to the end and still can’t get ahead of the bills. They make sacrifices to buy the children’s necessities and often get a second or even a third job to make ends meet. “

Ford, who in 2019 canceled an increase set by the previous Liberal government to $ 15 an hour, announced in early November that it would increase it to that amount on January 1 and would also increase the liquor waiters pay to $ 15 from $ 12.55 current. .

In the future, the minimum wage will increase annually and will be linked to inflation.

The NDP said its plan “offers local businesses a stable and predictable path to prepare for changes, and will also include a fund to help transition for legitimate struggling local small and medium businesses, farms and agribusinesses.” .


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