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Note to the Minister

  • Issued: January 27, 2014
  • Content last reviewed: January 2014

16 December 2013

The Honourable Yasir Naqvi, Minister of Labour
Ministry of Labour
400 University Avenue, 14th Floor
Toronto, ON
M7A 1T7

Dear Minister Naqvi:

In June 2013 you appointed me to Chair the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel (the Panel) under Order-in-Council (OIC) number 757/2013. You also appointed five others to the Panel and charged us with the mandate of examining Ontario’s minimum wage policy and providing advice on an approach for determining minimum wages in the future.

In order to fulfil this mandate, we have consulted widely with Ontarians from all sectors of the economy and geography. We held public consultations in ten cities across the province where ninety-two organizations and individuals presented their views both orally and through written submissions on revisions to the minimum wage. We also received three hundred and forty submissions through the website, via email, by fax, by mail and through a toll-free telephone line set up for the Panel.

Our in-house research team has reviewed practices prevalent in other Canadian and selected international jurisdictions. The Panel also reviewed the findings of research studies on the effects of revising minimum wages in Canada and elsewhere.

The Panel has now completed its work and I am pleased to submit my final report for your consideration. My central focus in arriving at the recommendations has been to put our province on a path moving forward towards sustainable growth and rising prosperity. Minimum wages by themselves cannot achieve these goals but they do play an important role.

This work would not have been possible without the valuable input of many people. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the contributions of the following in particular:

  • my fellow panelists whose collective wisdom and experience helped achieve consensus around the final recommendations;
  • the various organizations and individuals who took the time and effort to communicate with their government through the Panel;
  • the dedicated and highly professional staff at the Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of Finance who provided the Panel with background information and research;
  • my own team of graduate research assistants at the University of Toronto; and
  • the many other individuals who provided their input ranging from advice to sending us reports and relevant clippings from various sources.

I hope that the work of this Panel will be useful to you and your government in formulating and implementing the best solutions for Ontario. I am available to you or your staff to discuss my recommendations.

Sincerely,
Anil Verma
Chair, Ontario Minimum Wage Advisory Panel

Cc: Cynthia Morton, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Labour

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