Ontario Office News Releases

TORONTO – Ontario is becoming more polarized as the bottom half of Ontario families see their share of the income pie shrinking while the top half takes home even more, says a new report by the...
August 15, 2017 | Ontario Office
OTTAWA—Ontario’s commitment to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour has more to do with raising earnings for the province’s most marginalized than the move’s potential impacts on teenaged workers or...
July 13, 2017 | Ontario Office
TORONTO – They are young and highly educated, but many “sharing economy” workers in the GTA are selling their services under precarious working conditions, according to a new survey released by the...
April 7, 2017 | Ontario Office
TORONTO – Ontario’s flat-rate eight per cent rebate on residential hydro bills delivers bigger savings to the rich while the smallest savings go to the poorest households, says a new report by the...
March 2, 2017 | Ontario Office
TORONTO – A survey of low-income ACORN Canada members who turn to predatory lending services, such as payday lenders and other high interest alternative financial services, shows the majority do so...
December 5, 2016 | Ontario Office
TORONTO – A proposal to partially sell off a long held public asset, Toronto Hydro, could turn the private sector’s gain into Toronto consumers’ pain, says a new report by the Canadian Centre for...
November 18, 2016 | Ontario Office
TORONTO – It’s supposed to be a “home sharing” platform, but a small percentage of hosts account for just under half of all Toronto Airbnb revenue, according to estimates in a new report by the...
September 22, 2016 | Ontario Office
TORONTO – The poverty gap for single individuals who qualify for Ontario Works or its equivalent has increased by almost 200% since 1993, says a study by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’...
May 9, 2016 | Ontario Office
TORONTO – The average pay gap between men and women stands at 29.4 per cent in Ontario — a gap that shadows women every step of the way up the income ladder, says a new study from the Canadian Centre...
April 18, 2016 | Ontario Office
TORONTO – To weather economic uncertainty, the 2016-17 Ontario budget be focused on supporting economic stability rather than focusing on deficit and debt, says Sheila Block, senior economist with...
January 21, 2016 | Ontario Office
TORONTO – October 1st marks the first year in which the Ontario government adjusts its provincial minimum wage to inflation, but the job is only half finished, says a study from the Canadian Centre...
October 1, 2015 | Ontario Office
TORONTO –The low-wage workforce in Ontario grew by 94 per cent over the past 17 years, vastly outstripping the growth in total employment which grew by 30 per cent, says a new study from the Canadian...
June 15, 2015 | Ontario Office
TORONTO – The Ontario government tabled a budget today that seeks balance by 2017-18 but kicks the can down the road on needed investments in public services and a long overdue tax cut rethink, say...
April 23, 2015 | Ontario Office
TORONTO – Two working parents with two children need to each earn a minimum of $18.52 an hour just to make ends meet in Toronto, says a new study from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives’...
April 10, 2015 | Ontario Office
TORONTO – The political drama that's been unfolding at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) over school closures and tight funding is totally avoidable, says the author of a new study from the...
February 10, 2015 | Ontario Office