Ontario Health Promotion E-Bulletin, 8 February 2007 - OHPE Bulletin 501, Volume 2007, No. 501
This week's feature article from Susan Snelling on the working poor population of Greater Sudbury–and public health’s response–is timely: the Ontario government announced that it will increase the minimum wage to $8.00 as of February 1, 2007. The move has provoked a debate about what constitutes a “living wage” and whether raising the minimum wage is good or bad for business and the economy. The Sudbury & District Public Health unit partnered with researchers from Laurentian University and the University of Toronto to get a better look at the low-wage earners in their own community and the project is profiled in "A Needs Assessment of Sudbury’s Working Poor Population."
Coordinator, Diabetes Education Community Network of East Toronto, South Riverdale Community Health Centre