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Minimum wage hikes in Ontario likely means lower youth employment

Premier Wynne’s government recently announced a plan to hike Ontario’s minimum wage by 32 per cent, from its current rate of $11.40 to $15 by 2019. We’ve already written that such a large and rapid increase in the minimum wage is likely to have negative economic consequences based on existing evidence. Young and low-skilled Ontarians will be particularly hurt as they lose out on job opportunities.Most minimum wage workers are youth aged 15 to 24 (60 per cent, in fact), making young Ontarians a group of particular interest when considering the consequences of minimum wage increases. This group of workers

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