Hennessy’s Index is a listing of numbers, written by the CCPA's Trish Hennessy, about Canada and its place in the world. For other editions, visit: www.policyalternatives.ca/index
That’s the number of workers in Ontario who worked in a minimum wage job in 2014. A full-time, full-year minimum wage earner doesn’t earn enough to rise above Ontario’s poverty line.
That’s the percentage increase of Ontario workers who were working for the minimum wage in 2014 compared to 1997.
That’s the share of Ontario workers who earned the minimum wage in 2014. In 1997, minimum wage earners only represented 2.4 per cent of all workers in Ontario.
That’s how many more low-wage workers (those earning within $4 of the minimum wage) there were in Ontario in 2014 compared to 1997, outstripping total employment growth, which grew by 30 per cent over that time.
That’s the share of workers who made within $4 of the minimum wage (making up to $15 in 2014) in Ontario in 2014. In 1997, the share of low-wage workers within this income range only represented 19.8 per cent of the Ontario workforce.
- 1.7 million
That’s how many minimum wage and low-wage workers (earning $11-$15) there were in Ontario in 2014.
That’s how many minimum wage workers in Ontario who are older than 20 years of age. Only 34 per cent of minimum wage workers in Ontario are under 20.
- Six in 10
That’s how many minimum wage workers in Ontario who face unpredictable hours at their job. For those earning within $4 of the minimum wage ($11-$15), four in 10 low-wage workers deal with the problem of unpredictable hours.
That’s the shockingly small percentage of minimum wage earners in Ontario who get paid for taking time off work. Only one quarter (24.9 per cent) of low-wage workers get paid for a work absence.
That’s how many Ontario workers who earn $15 or more get paid for their absence from work – a sharp contrast from low-paying jobs that force workers to take sick leave or vacation time on their own dime.
- One in two
That’s how many Ontario workers don’t have access to a 40-hour-a-week job (50.5 per cent). That’s up from 42.7 per cent in 1997.
That’s how few workers in Ontario’s accommodation and food services sector – such as people who serve coffee and clean hotel rooms – who are represented by a union.
Source for all data points: https://www.policyalternatives.ca/higher-standard.