July 17, 2013: Ontario Establishes New Minimum Wage Advisory Panel
July 17, 2013|Posted in: Uncategorised
Ministry of Labour
Ontario has appointed a Minimum Wage Advisory Panel, chaired by Anil Verma, Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, to help ensure a process that is fair for workers, predictable for business and creates more opportunities for all Ontarians.
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Ontario has appointed an Advisory Panel on the Minimum Wage to give advice on Ontario’s minimum wage policy. Committee members were selected based on the diversity of their backgrounds, qualifications, and expertise.
Anil Verma is Professor of Human Resource Management at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, and Director of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Industrial Relations and Human Resources. He serves as a member of Statistics Canada’s Advisory Committee on Labour and Income Statistics, and on the Board of Directors of COSTI Immigration Services
Antoni Shelton is Director and Liaison to the President for the Ontario Federation of Labour. He has worked as a Community Development Officer and Campaign Manager for the United Way and as Executive Director of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations. He has also held positions with both for the City of Toronto and the Ontario government in areas dealing with social policy.
Adam Vasey is Director of Pathway to Potential, Windsor Essex County’s Poverty Reduction Strategy. He has been an instructor at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law and School of Social Work. He holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Windsor and a Master of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School.
Gary Rygus is a Board Member at the Retail Council of Canada (RCC). The RCC is a not-for-profit, industry-funded association representing more than 43,000 business establishments across Canada. He is also a board member of the Ontario Electronic Stewardship, and a Review Panel Member of the Electrical Safety Authority.
Beth Potter is President and CEO of the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO). TIAO collectively represents 147,000 businesses and 608,000 employees that are dedicated to promoting and operating the province’s tourism infrastructure. She has served as a member of the Sector Advisory Committee of the Ontario Tourism Marketing Partnership Corporation (OTMPC) and the Recreational Water Safety task force led by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.
Laura D’Amico has served as a Student Trustee for the Ottawa Catholic School Board and graduated this past June from St. Mark High School. She was a member of the Ottawa Youth Commission. She will be attending Wilfrid Laurier University this fall.
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THE WINDSOR WORKERS’ ACTION CENTRE IS WORKING IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE TORONTO WORKERS’ CENTRE TO ADVOCATE FOR A $14 MINIMUM WAGE IN ONTARIO:
- The minimum wage should bring workers and their families out of poverty. The minimum wage should be set 10% above the poverty line, using the Low Income Measure.
- The minimum wage should be calculated based on a 35-hour work week. Ontario’s hourly paid employees work, on average, less than 35 hours a week. We should assume a 35-hour work week when calculating a minimum wage that will bring workers out of poverty.
- The minimum wage should be updated every year with the cost of living. Ontario should join the four other provinces and territories that have already adopted this policy
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