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e-2509 (Employment and labour)

Initiated by Brian Gaensbauer from Nanaimo, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Prime Minister

  • The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in many workers being deemed an "essential service";
  • Many of these workers are paid little more than minimum wage;
  • Many essential service workers work with the public;
  • COVID-19 has made working with the public a hazardous activity;
  • Canadians are at risk of losing the services of workers who feel that the low pay is not worth the risk;
  • Small and medium-sized businesses which are declared an "essential service" do not necessarily have the extra resources to pay higher wages at this time but may not meet the criteria for a wage subsidy under other stimulus programs; and
  • Some of the most important workers and businesses providing important services to the public were left out of COVID-19 stimulus plans.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Prime Minister to use federal and/or provincial government stimulus funds to temporarily supplement wages to increase the minimum wage across Canada to $20/hour or more for workers who come into contact with the general public and have been deemed an "essential service".
Open for signature
April 22, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
May 22, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Elizabeth May (Saanich—Gulf Islands)
May 28, 2020 (Petition No. 431-00221)
Photo - Elizabeth May
Saanich—Gulf Islands
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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