Higher minimum wages hurts the people that it is supposed help. Low skilled, inexperienced workers have a harder time finding a job.
Interesting, however this is an issue for the USA that has zero relevance for Canada.
The core differential is that there are no benefits with most US hourly jobs.
A $12/$15 /hr. whatever job in Canada has healthcare for example, as well as a range of Labour code protections which simply do not exist in the USA.
Most states/employers have zero requirements to provide ANY benefits if someone is employed for fewer than 30 hours per week.
Accumulated vacation? Doesn’t exist.
Severance based upon years/months service? Doesn’t exist.
Workers compensation for part time work? Doesn’t exist.
Time off for medical treatment? Take all the time off you want, because you no longer work here.
I have worked for several corporations that employ people on both sides of the border, and can state that the hiring and firing differences are night and day. On different planets.
A typical US employment check involves things like hair/blood testing for drug use, which is absolutely illegal in Canada…
While I appreciate your concern for the US Labour market, I am not sure of its relevance to Canada or Thunder Bay.
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