Dear Premier Wynne,
Ontario's nurses urge you to increase the minimum wage in the next provincial budget, to $14.00 per hour.
The minimum wage has been frozen, since 2010, at $10.25 per hour. Nurses know this has had a serious, negative impact on minimum wage workers in Ontario. With rising cost of food, rent and electricity, a worker employed full-time on the minimum wage, now has an income that is 19 per cent below the poverty line. It is unacceptable to us that someone working hard at 40 hours a week, on minimum wage, should still be living in poverty in a province as affluent as Ontario. The province’s 534,000 minimum wage workers deserve much better.