Labour Studies Index

Updated: 2021-01-05

Surviving on Minimum Wage: Lived Experiences of Manitoba Workers and Policy Implications

Document type Report
Author Hajer, Jesse
Author Smirl, Ellen
Date 2020-08-27
Pages 40 pages
URL https://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/reports/surviving-minimum-wage

Abstract

In 2001, CCPA-Manitoba published a report titled The Minimum Wage and a Tipping Wage: A Survey of People Who Work At or Near the Minimum Wage in Manitoba. Researchers gathered data from 70 workers making minimum wage. The report concluded that minimum wage was insufficient to provide workers with anything more than a ‘subsistence wage’ and did not reflect the cost of living. This current research represents an update of the 2001 study and concludes that little has changed for minimum wage workers in Manitoba. This project utilizes both quantitative and qualitative data to explore the challenges of working for, and living on, minimum wage. Forty-two workers in Winnipeg and Brandon were interviewed to gain a better understanding of their experiences, challenges, and hopes for the future.