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Minimum wage unchanged between 1975 and 2013

By: The Canadian Press

 | Jul 16, 2014 - 11:10 AM |
Employees make their way to work at Statistics Canada in Ottawa on July 21, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Employees make their way to work at Statistics Canada in Ottawa on July 21, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Statistics Canada says the average minimum wage in 2013 was almost identical to the 1975 minimum wage, in constant dollars.

The agency says the average minimum wage was $10.14 in 2013 and the 1975 wage, expressed in 2013 dollars, was $10.13.

Between 1975 and 2013, however, the minimum wage in 2013 dollars, varied, slipping to $7.53 in 1986 before rising to $8.81 in 1996.

Up to 2003, the real minimum wage remained stable at around $8.50.

The report says 6.7 per cent of all paid employees earned the minimum wage in 2013, up from 5.0 per cent in 1997.

It says young employees, less-educated employees, part-timers and people in service industries were most likely to be paid minimum wage

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version incorrectly stated the reference year for wages in 1986 and 1996.

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