On Tuesday, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath announced her plan to raise the minimum wage in Ontario to $20 an hour by 2026, with wages steadily increasing every year.
“Whether you are stocking grocery store shelves or cleaning a hospital you deserve respect. All workers deserve respect,” Horwath wrote in a news release issued Tuesday.
“Respect is not just saying thank you and calling someone a hero. Respect means paying people a wage that pays the bills.”
Horwath also said that with everything in the province seemingly going up, most notably gas, housing and hydro bills, Ontarians are “feeling the squeeze.”
“Minimum wage earners are working their tails off and still can’t get ahead of the bills. They make sacrifices to buy the necessities for the kids, and often pick up a second or even third job to make ends meet,” Horwath added.
Here is a breakdown of the NDP’s minimum wage schedule:
- $16 on Oct. 1, 2022
- $17 on May 1, 2023
- $18 on May 1, 2024
- $19 on May 1, 2025
- $20 on May 1, 2026