The campaign to raise the Canadian minimum wage is led by various community, labour, and student groups across Canada. Smart Change believes the minimum wage should be at least 10 per cent above the poverty line. With that standard, coupled with its belief in the minimum wage being calculated as part of a 35-hour week, Smart Change has come to the calculation that $15 per hour is a fair minimum wage.
We are currently partnering with ACORN CANADA and other non-governmental organizations to champion a minimum wage increase and other worker protection measures nationally.
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Youth unemployment: a dismal situation requires bold action - Broadbent Institute
The dog days of summer may yet be upon us, and already youth unemployment is a hot topic of conversation.
But talk is cheap. The fact is too many young Canadians are set to wade into another long summer, frustrated and anxious about their grim job prospects.
And little wonder for their anxiety.
There are significantly more youth looking for work today than there are available jobs. As of May 2014, one in seven (13.3%) young people aged 15 to 24, or 380,600 young Canadians, were out of work.Many more are underemployed or have given up looking for work altogether.
Young workers bore much of the brunt of the 2008-09 recession, and despite talk of recovery, their employment situation today remains much worse than it was beforehand. That point is made plainly in a report on youth unemployment released last week by the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance, which acknowledges expert testimony about the lack of an adequate post-recession rebound.
The unemployment rate for youth is typically about double that of so-called “core age” workers aged 25 to 54. In Canada, this ratio stands at 2.3 as of May 2014.
Bold action is needed now from both governments and employers to address this dismal situation.
Read more at the Broadbent Institute