New data from Statistics Canada shows that the number of workers working minimum wage jobs doubled between 1998-2018, with a dramatic increase in minimum wage workers in urban centers in Ontario, Alberta, and B.C.

The data shows that the proportion of workers making minimum wage grew from 5.2 percent to 10.4 percent in just two decades. However, the most significant increase in workers earning minimum wage took place during 2017 and 2018, leading up to and following the new minimum wage increase.