minimum wage

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
November 11, 2015

There has been a dramatic increase in recent years in precarious work in the Canadian job market. Precarious work is commonly defined as unprotected, non-standard employment that pays poorly, and makes it difficult to support a household. This week’s infographic, published by the Workers' Action Centre, takes a...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
October 07, 2015

Homelessness is closely connected to issues of poverty, inadequate income and unemployment. This week's infographic takes a look at the wage gap that exists between part-time and temporary workers compared to full-time workers doing the same job in Ontario. The content in this infographic is drawn from...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
June 03, 2015

Food banks are one of the primary responses that municipalities have to local hunger needs. Food bank use numbers across Canada have shown growth in recent years. The below infographic, published by Global News using data from Food Banks Canada, illustrates just what the changes in food bank use numbers have been in Canada from 2008-2014.

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York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
May 27, 2015

The term “living wage” refers to wages that are high enough to maintain a normal standard of living. Minimum wages across the country, as they stand, are not living wages. There is an ongoing myth that individuals working in minimum wage jobs are teenagers and earning extra money for pocket change. The below...

York University; Canadian Observatory on Homelessness/Homeless Hub
November 05, 2014

For many Canadians, minimum wage laws represent an unsustainable way of life. Insufficient wages are one of the very root causes of poverty in Canada, alongside unaffordable housing and unemployment. The below infographic, published by Living Wage Canada, highlights communities across Canada working on living wage campaigns. Numbers on the map represent proposed living wages. The term “living wage”...

Last week I was in Whitehorse where I released a peer-reviewed policy report on poverty in Yukon. The report was part of the much larger Social Economy Research Network of Northern Canada project.

Report findings include the following:

- Ignoring poverty can be quite costly, as has been clearly demonstrated by research on...

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