Decent Wages

Did you know that:

  • Half of workers in Canada earned $20.40 or less per hour in 2012;
  • Based on international standards, a low wage job in Canada is a job that pays $13.60 or less per hour in 2012;
  • More than 55% of workers in low wage jobs in Canada work for large corporations (100 employees or more);
  • 1.4 million men and 2 million women earned $13.60 or less in 2012;decent wages
  • Women working full-time year round earned only about 73% of men’s wages in 2012;
  • Minimum wage in Canada is around $10.00 an hour in 2013.
  • The income gap between the rich and the poor in Canada is well above the 34-country OECD average, and;
  • The average of Canada’s CEO Elite 100 make 189 times more than Canadians earning the average wage. In 1998, the highest paid 100 Canadian CEOs earned 105 times more than the average wage.

When workers stand up together for fairness:

  • More bad jobs are turned into good jobs. Only 8.8% of workers covered by a collective agreement were in low-wage jobs in Canada in 2012;
  • The wage gap between men and women is reduced when workers stand up for equal pay legislation and pay equity legislations;
  • Women covered by a collective agreement earn 95% of men’s wages;
  • The gap between the rich and the poor is smaller in countries where wages are collectively negotiated between representatives of workers and employers, and;
  • Ongoing living wage campaigns across Canada supported by workers like you push up minimum wage to keep pace with the cost of living and get closer to a decent wage.