Considering that the minimum wage in Quebec has been $11.25 per hour since
May 1, 2017, and is scheduled to increase annually to $12.45 per hour by May 1,
2020;

Considering that the minimum wage at $12.45 per hour, even over a full
workweek, does not provide a level of income to exceed the poverty line as
defined by the government;

Considering that research from Princeton University conducted in 1995 by
economists David Card and Alan Krueger, Myth and Measurement, provided
empirical evidence that a higher minimum wage allowed the economy to grow,
reduced the amount of social assistance, increased social security contributions
and other government revenues without reducing employment as a whole;
results that have been confirmed by other major research;

Considering that the Government of Alberta will introduce a minimum wage of
$15 per hour as of October 1, 2018, and that Ontario has committed to increase
the minimum wage to $15 per hour by January 1, 2019;

Considering that the Prime Minister of Ontario Katheleen Wynne argued that a
higher minimum wage would help businesses by increasing their productivity,
increasing employee retention, increasing purchasing power of workers, and
promote particularly the cause of women who find themselves disproportionately
among minimum wage workers; and that this was a commitment for greater
equality while creating fairer workplaces and jobs, ensuring especially that parttime
workers are paid by the same amount per hour as the full-time workers for
the same work;

Considering that several cities in the United States, including San Francisco,
New York and Washington, have already introduced a minimum of 15 USD per
hour while several states have committed to reach this amount in the next few
years;

Considering that a growing movement in Quebec demand to the provincial
government to revise the minimum wage regulations in order to follow the
examples of Alberta and Ontario;

It is proposed by Marvin Rotrand
Supported by Magda Popeanu

That the Montreal City Council support the demand for a minimum wage of $15
per hour and that it ask the Government of Quebec to revise the rules governing
the minimum wage in order to follow the example of Alberta and Ontario;

That the City of Montreal mandate the Commission for Economic and Social
Development to study the means and mechanisms required to implement the
$15 per hour minimum wage policy to all contractors, subcontractors, service
agreements or offers from the city of Montreal.

 

Côte-des-Neiges / Notre-Dame-de-Grâce / Montréal
Cabinet du maire et des conseillers municipaux

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