There’s been some change in Ontario. Bill 148 means changes to the way some Ontarians experience precarious employment. Read more about the changes by clicking here. The long term impact of the changes is yet to be determined.
What we do know so far is the trend of low wage work relates directly to changes in the minimum wage. Since low wage work is described as 1.5 times the minimum wage, as minimum wage increases, so does the hourly rate which is considered low wage. If workers are paid above a low wage rate and there is no change in pay after a minimum wage increase, they could move to being considered a low wage worker. All five of Ontario’s regions follow a similar low wage trend as of 2000. There was a decrease in the percentage of paid workers with a low wage job in the early 2000s and an increase in years following the 2008 Economic Crisis. In 2012-2013, all five regions saw the highest share of low wage workers since 2000 with Southern Ontario reporting the highest share and Eastern Ontario reporting the lowest.