Minimum wage increases can lead to employment losses for the least advantaged members of the labour force.
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Over the past decade, the Alberta government has raised the minimum wage by 46 per cent.
The youth employment rate fell by a full point in Ontario between late 2017 and early 2020.
The total number of low-wage jobs declined by 6.8 per cent.
For every 10 per cent increase in the minimum wage, youth employment drops by three to six per cent.
Premier Kathleen Wynne wants to raise the minimum wage to $15 by 2019.
Seattle’s minimum wage increase has hurt job prospects, and failed to produce higher earnings, for low-wage workers.