The Fraser Institute says that the typical minimum-wage earner isn't living in poverty.

In an article posted to its web site earlier this week, the Fraser Institute suggested that those who think raising the minimum wage will help the working poor may be mistaken, as the typical minimum-wage earner does not live in poverty.

Fraser Institute authors Charles Lammam, Hugh MacIntyre, and Ben Eisen found that 88% of minimum-wage earners do not live in a low-income household as measured by Statistics Canada’s low income cut-off (LICO), and that 83% of workers living in a low-income household earn more than the minimum wage.

Teenagers and young adults

The researchers also found that 58% of minimum-wage earners are teenagers or young adults aged 15 to 24, and that 85% of them live with their parents or other relatives.

"The facts paint a surprising picture of the typical minimum-wage earner in Canada: a young person, usually living with parents or other relatives, while often in school and working a part-time job," concludes the article. "In other words, most Canadians who earn the minimum wage are not 'poor', and most of those living in 'poor' households earn more than the minimum wage. For a government policy aimed at helping the working poor, the minimum wage simply does not efficiently or effectively target the people it is supposed to help."