Ontario’s planned $15 minimum wage will likely hurt young and low-skilled workers

Ontario’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs is currently touring the province to get feedback on Bill 148, which proposes various amendments to the Employment Standards Act including, among other labour policy changes, a dramatic hike to Ontario’s minimum wage.Day 1 of the committee’s hearings sparked controversy when a Liberal MPP acknowledged that the hearings revealed new insights about Bill 148’s potential ramifications. While it’s not clear exactly what ramifications the MPP was referring to, evidence suggests the bill’s proposed changes will produce several negative economic consequences.Let’s start with the most headline-grabbing change—the proposal to significantly and rapidly increase

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