The Ontario government plans to increase the minimum wage to $15 in January.
Total business investment declined by 0.2 per cent per year between 2016 and 2019.
Trade liberalization could increase Canada’s economic output by up to $130 billion annually.
Total employment increased by 17.3 per cent in the GTA, 9.7 per cent in Ottawa and 1.9 per cent in the rest of the province.
Women over 25 years old working full-time were hardest hit, with employment decreasing by 31,500 jobs.
Canada’s employment rate has steadily declined since December 2017—from 62.0 per cent to 61.5 per cent.
Closely linking January’s job losses to the Wynne government’s minimum wage hikes without recognizing other causes creates a dangerous precedent.