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Old 07-21-2010, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Toronto
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There isn't a single state in the union with a minimum wage "less than half of that" because the federal minimum wage is $7.25/hr. And while exchange rates currently have the two currencies very close to one another, typically the Canadian dollar is worth about 15-20% less. So if exchange rates return to recent trends, that would put Ontario's minimum wage at about $8 to $8.50/hr, which incidentally straddles the difference of Illinois' minimum wage of $8.25. So it's not that ridiculously high.
No. It's less than 4% higher.

CADUSD=X 1 Jul 21 0.9625

$10.25*0.9625 = $9.87 US

$9.87 > $8.50
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Old 07-21-2010, 01:50 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Did you read the entire post?
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Old 07-22-2010, 06:32 AM
 
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I can tell you if you put an ad in any employment site for a packager warehouse person @$10/hr in TO your phone will ring off the hook.
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Old 07-22-2010, 06:56 AM
 
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Canada is a civilized country, US is not, simple.
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Old 07-23-2010, 02:46 PM
 
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Don't believe this and let's take a look at today's Toronto star

Few aware of labour rights in Toronto

Sue Zheng was happy to land her first job in Toronto at a manicure salon. But there was a catch: she had to pay a $400 deposit to work there, and receive only $25 a day for 10 hours of work, seven days a week. She took the job anyway.
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Old 07-23-2010, 03:23 PM
 
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Don't believe this and let's take a look at today's Toronto star

Few aware of labour rights in Toronto

Sue Zheng was happy to land her first job in Toronto at a manicure salon. But there was a catch: she had to pay a $400 deposit to work there, and receive only $25 a day for 10 hours of work, seven days a week. She took the job anyway.
Not Canada's fault she went to work for a Chinese criminal tong !
There is actual slave factor in south FL fields and hundreds of thouands of
Chinese working in same conditions living 20 people in 12x 12 room in NYC.

I've lived in both and Canada is VASTLY more civilized although many would prefer a more uncultured atmosphere to be sure.
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Old 07-23-2010, 05:03 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Oh sure, Ontario is just one big bastion of high culture and sophistication. I learned this by watching the Red Green show.
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Old 07-24-2010, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Moose Jaw, in between the Moose's butt and nose.
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There are some US places, mostly in the midwest and south.....were they have jobs that are not exactly survival jobs (like admin assistants) that pay that and think it's a livable wage.
The joke minumum wage though (US Like) in Canada, is BC's: 8.80 hourly with more taxes and a higher cost of living.
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Old 07-27-2010, 01:53 PM
 
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There's some obvious trolling up above that I'm not going to bother to fuel, but here's an additional facet to the discussion of minimum wage that various folks growing up on one side of our border or the other might not have an awareness of:

In the USA, the federal government sets a minimum wage, and that becomes a minimum for the states to set theirs. Not all our states do so, a couple just let that federal wage take effect. Most of our states, however, enact legislation to set their own wages. Obviously we have a lot more diversity since we have a lot more states than Canada has provinces and territories. One of the most significant differences among our states in this regard is the treatment of service workers who receive tips. In most of the USA, these workers are paid a pittance (can be as low as $2/hour in some places) presuming these tips will be earned (and then we tax those tips, and further, our customs often include the workers sharing parts of those tips with other service workers in a hierarchy).

In Canada, the minimum wage does vary from one region to another, but overall this practice of paying service personnel drastically less is not as commonplace. For example, such workers might lose a percentage in the teens versus other minimum wage workers, as opposed to losing the vast majority of their wage.

In a few areas in both countries, this kind of "not-really-a-minimum" wage practice is actually illegal, but I don't have the data in front of me on exactly which states or provinces do that (I seem to recall it was a very small number).
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Old 07-27-2010, 03:29 PM
 
Location: grooving in the city
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Oh sure, Ontario is just one big bastion of high culture and sophistication. I learned this by watching the Red Green show.
Really, I thought the bastions of Canadian culture were (in no particular order), Trailer Park Boys, Bob and Doug McKenzie, and Don Cherry
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