As can be seen by the Fraser Institute urban areas haven't recovered from the 2008 recession. This might have to do with the cost of minimum wage. The cost of living in Toronto is not the same as Kitchener. Neither is it the same in Windsor nor Owen Sound. Smaller business in small towns cannot charge the same prices as Toronto small businesses. Just the same as different provinces have different economic, so do the municipalities. By passing this responsibility down to the municipalities, it will help urban economics grow. Large corporations that have branches in different areas, such as RBC are already prorating wages based on location. I believe Ontario should follow this example.