compensation in ontario

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Giving large pay increases to government workers will harm Ontario’s finances

Government wages in the province were 10.9 per cent higher, on average, than wages in the private sector.

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Higher minimum wages tend to reduce employment opportunities for younger and less-skilled workers.

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Higher taxes, rapid debt accumulation and soaring electricity costs have made Ontario less attractive for investment.

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Many parts of the province have not recovered all the jobs lost during the 2008/09 recession.

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Ontario’s government is spending more than it takes in each year. This year will represent the province’s eighth consecutive budget deficit.

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The Ontario government has pledged to eliminate its budget deficit by 2017/18. However, the government’s recent record on fiscal issues casts doubt on whether it will meet this target.