Two Thirds Approval for $15 National Minimum Wage

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Two Thirds Approval for $15 National Minimum Wage

Popular among least wealthy, in Atlantic Canada, among New Democrats

TORONTO, October 13th – In a random sampling of public opinion taken by the Forum Poll™ among 1437 Canadian voters, fully two thirds approve of a national minimum wage of $15 an hour (63%), and this is common to the oldest (67%), the least wealthy (less than $20K - 76%), in Atlantic Canada (73%) and BC (67%) but not in Alberta (49%), among New Democrats (84%) but not among Conservatives (36%) and among those with some college or university (69%).

Three-in-ten voters disapprove of the idea (31%), and this is common to the youngest (35%), the wealthiest ($100K to $250K - 36%), in Alberta (45%), among Conservatives (59%), those with children (41%) and college graduates (36%).

“It is curious that the very wealthiest, who have no need of it, are the most likely to object to what has been described as an adequate living wage for a young family, while it is championed, obviously, by the least wealthy. Youth are more likely to object, presumably, because they think their job prospects are those most threatened by a higher minimum wage" said Forum Research President, Dr. Lorne Bozinoff.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.