By Matthew Lau (AIMS Author) Labour Day is a day, as its name suggests, to celebrate labour. This is entirely appropriate; labour is a necessary input for the production of goods and services on which our standards of living rely. We make a mistake, however, when the celebration is of labour unions instead of the [...]
by KEN HUGHES The Globe and Mail, 6 October 2017 As Canadians, let's be honest with each other. After TransCanada announced Thursday that the Energy East Pipeline is dead, we need – now more than ever – to honestly address this fundamental question: How does Canada work? We can't build a country without building [...]
An article in The Globe and Mail references AIMS's paper “Revisiting the Minimum Wage in Atlantic Canada.” Co-authors Marco Navarro-Génie and Matthew Lau discuss the issues surrounding the " loss of training opportunities caused by minimum-wage legislation." Read the full article here. Read the AIMS study here.
An article in the Acadie-Nouvelle in New Brunswick discusses AIMS's paper, "Revisiting the Minimum Wage in Atlantic Canada." Co-Author Marco Navarro-Génie says that higher minimum wages "won't reduce poverty. It will result in fewer hours worked and a reduction in the number of employees." Read the full article here. Read the AIMS study here.
http://www.aims.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Sheldon-Marco-Minimum-Wage.mp3 On July 19, 2017, AIMS President & CEO Marco Navarro-Génie appeared on News 95.7's Sheldon MacLeod Show to discuss the minimum wage. He is co-author of the AIMS study Revisiting the Minimum Wage in Atlantic Canada.
Legislating further increases to the minimum wage would likely worsen youth unemployment in Atlantic Canada. Evidence shows that minimum wages price low-skilled persons out of work and reduce the opportunity for training and experience among young people. Given these effects, raising the wage floor is bad policy. New research published by the Atlantic Institute for [...]
PEI: Prince Edward Island has a high minimum wage. Compared to the average Islander's income, it is the highest in Canada. Basic economics suggest that when someone's skills are worth less to employers than the minimum wage, he or she will be unemployed. Further increases to the minimum wage would threaten many [...]
By PATRICK WEBBER (AIMS Research Associate) Huddle, 13 June 2017 Troy Media, 14 June 2017 The Guardian, 19 June 2017 New Brunswick's government has raised the minimum wage by 35 cents to $11.00 per hour, the 12th increase since 2007. This policy moves the wage floor to the highest level in three decades. People tend to [...]
By SYLVAIN CHARLEBOIS (AIMS Senior Fellow) Globe and Mail, 4 June 2017 Troy Media, 7 June 2017 Waterloo Region Record, 8 June 2017 LocalXpress, 8 June 2017 The minimum wage is rising in many parts of the country. Recently, Ontario announced that it would raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour, to match NDP-not-so-happy [...]
A Calgary Herald editorial criticizes labour policies from the federal government. It quotes AIMS's Vice President of Research John Williamson, who fears that the government "is creating an EI trap." Read the full editorial on the Calgary Herald website. Canada has long relied on foreign workers to fill shortages in our labour force, but it’s [...]