Group demands increase to minimum wage
Published Saturday, October 12, 2013 6:33PM EDT
A handful of people held a rally in Barrie today to demand Ontario's minimum wage be raised to $14.
Saturday’s rally was one in a series being held across the province in recent months. Organizers say they believe the current minimum wage just isn't enough for people struggling to get by.
“It's not a wage that anybody can earn a living on and pass anything on to their children,” says David Bradbury, who was rallying for the raise today. “It's not something that allows anyone to come out from under the poverty line … $14 dollars is a proper minimum wage.”
He said the current minimum wage, $10.25, just isn’t enough.
“Nobody can live on that,” he says.
The group is petitioning MPPs to bring forward legislation to raise the rate. Ontario's general minimum wage has been unchanged at $10.25 an hour for more than three years now.