Average cost of an apartment in Ottawa (2 Bdrm) $1100 per month (for something worth living in)
Average cost of food for one person $240 per month
Transport cost (monthly bus pass) $81.00 per month
Telephone bill (average) $60 per month
The Minimum Wage in Ontario $8.74
For most employees in Ontario, the maximum number of hours they can be required to work is eight hours a day.
And many work 6 days a week especially if you are working for the minimum wage.
Average monthly salary for a person on the minimum wage is thus $70 a day or $1540 a month
After a person on minimum wage pays his bills he has $59 left which is less than a cup of coffee a day.
So is the minimum wage really a LIVING WAGE?