$1.15-per-hour pay causes controversy

Government contract involved workers with cognitive disabilities
By Sarah Dobson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/17/2015

It made for shocking news: Fifty people with developmental disabilities in Ottawa were being paid $1.15 per hour to sort and shred paper. To make matters worse? The federal government was involved.


Going beyond the headlines, the situation was not so black and white — the workers were part of a work program set up 35 years ago in a joint agreement between a community association and the provincial and federal governments. A lump sum of $125,000 was divided as honourarium payments among the workers.