MPP Mitzie Hunter’s Statement on the FAO 2019 Labour Market Report

  • Provincial News

TORONTO, ON – Today, Mitzie Hunter, MPP Scarborough-Guildwood responded to the FAO 2019 Labour Market Report:

“Today’s report shows that opportunity for Ontarians has not been felt equally across our province. Lower-income workers and workers outside of the GTA are being left behind.”

“The report showed strong growth in the city of Toronto, but also revealed a drop in employment in Peterborough, Thunder Bay and St. Catharines-Niagara. Declining manufacturing jobs in these regions particularly requires strong action from the government to invest in regional economic diversification.”

“The report also showed that while wages are growing, they are not improving for young and low-income workers. This is a direct result of the Ford government’s reversal of the $15 minimum wage, which is affecting Ontario’s most precariously employed workers.”

“This government needs to act to ensure that our strong economy is not leaving anyone behind. A strong Ontario requires that all workers and regions including Northern and rural cities and small towns are empowered to reach their economic potential.”