Providing income support to workers and businesses involves large increases in government expenditures.
Women over 25 years old working full-time were hardest hit, with employment decreasing by 31,500 jobs.
The B.C. government wants to raise the province’s minimum wage from $11.35 to $15.20 by 2021.
Closely linking January’s job losses to the Wynne government’s minimum wage hikes without recognizing other causes creates a dangerous precedent.
In northern Ontario, job losses ranged from 1 per cent in Greater Sudbury to 16.1 per cent in Sault Ste. Marie.