Canada’s Hidden Recessionary Epidemic

There is a leap in the proportion of minimum wage earners between 2005 and 2014. On average from 4% of the labor force to more than 11%. Commonly you may attribute this to the oil industry and auto industry, as seen on television. But there is a hidden recessionary epidemic alongside the healthcare for seniors. It is the rise of lyme disease which is similar to chronic fatigue syndrome. 

The data below looks at proportion of minimum wage in two different ways for 2005 and 2015, but there is a great leap up in the proportion of the labor force earning minimum wage, however you organize the numbers. 

It could be the restructuring of the auto industry as I’ve mentioned or “Canada’s shifting sands: Oil Production.” But why are employers in other sectors facing a labor shortage that is coinciding with a leap in minimum wage employment?

Newfoundland and Labrador6.8
Prince Edward Island5
Nova Scotia5.2
New Brunswick3.1
British Columbia5.6
Minimum wage workers2015 Percentage distribution %
Student, aged 15 to 2432.6
Not a student, aged 15 to 2425.3
Student, aged 25 to 341.9
Not a student, aged 25 to 3410.9
Aged 35 to 5417.4
Aged 55 to 648.3
Aged 65 and over3.6

Firstly, there is a back-log in the judicial system, so more people are awaiting trial and tied to the spot.

Secondly, the reported cases of Lyme Disease, which has symptoms like Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, has also spiked.