Stratford News Minimum wage going up in Ontario SHARE ON: Ethan Rabidoux, staff Thursday, Jan. 30th, 2014 The minimum wage is heading up in Ontario by 75 cents. The province`s working poor will now earn $11 an hour starting June 1st. Premier Kathleen Wynne also announced this morning that the government would index the minimum wage to inflation. Anti-poverty critics are not impressed. The minimum wage has been frozen since 2010 at $10.25 an hour. Elizabeth Anderson is the Community Action Coordinator at the Local Community Food Centre in Stratford. She says a full time minimum wage worker will still end up below the poverty line even after today`s announcement. [sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://cjcsradio.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/lizwageliving.mp3″] Anderson says food banks have seen a huge jump in the number of working people relying on their services. [sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://cjcsradio.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/lizwage.mp3″] She says the rest of society will end up paying for substandard wages through social programs. [sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://cjcsradio.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/lizwagefloor.mp3″] Anderson encourages minimum wage workers to fight for better wages. [sc_embed_player fileurl=”http://cjcsradio.com/news/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/lizwagestrive.mp3″] Anti-poverty groups wanted to see the minimum wage boosted to $14 an hour which would place a full time worker ten percent above the poverty line and then have it indexed to inflation.