(May 18/17) As reported this weekend by the Toronto Star and CBC, the government has a new tone on the Changing Workplaces Review (CWR) changes that will be implemented. It has also raised the idea of a $15 minimum wage. This position comes out of left field, as minimum wage discussions had been expressly left out of the CWR.

The CWR proposes:

  • a return to card-based certification;
  • measures designed to artificially increase union membership;
  • a bureaucratic hurdle that would force employers to justify part-time jobs;
  • increased vacation pay; and
  • extended benefits and protections to part-time workers.

Although these changes are supposed to be debated by the Cabinet, it’s clear the Premier’s office is controlling the decisions. Minister Flynn’s comments show he has significantly changed his tone from previous discussions.



Restaurants Canada has spent the last few days meeting with government officials to share our grave concerns about these changes.  We’ll continue to lobby government officials to head off these negative policy decisions.


Government plans

We expect the Changing Workplaces Review final report to be released next week, along with the government’s response. Changes from this review are expected to be acted on this year, with possible legislation introduced this fall.

Signs indicate these changes and the minimum wage increases will be part of a wider campaign linking all of the government’s social programs, such as guaranteed basic income, poverty reduction, free tuition and welfare reforms.

It’s unclear if minimum wage increases would be introduced now, or as an election promise for next spring. The plan is to reach a $15 minimum wage over a multi-year period.

Act now

Employers need to make their voices heard by government. You are a key contributor to the provincial economy. The government needs to know that they’re putting your businesses, and the jobs you create, at risk.

Contact your local MPP or any member of Cabinet with whom you have a relationship.  Read our letter to the Premier to see our arguments.


7 responses to “$15 minimum wage in Ontario? Speak up!”

  1. Dan Labanowich says:

    We need to band together more than ever.

  2. I may as well shut our small family restaurant down, or fire a bunch of employees and just run it as a take out restaurant. This will kill many, many small mom and pop restaurants. Don’t people realize that prices will just skyrocket to be able to afford to pay staff? People will eat out less and eat less when they do. Staff will get cut and service will suffer for it. This is a lose/lose idea!!

  3. Joanne Morin says:

    Really????All of us will have to raise our prices accordingly. No one will be going out to eat as often. No one will be better off! Let’s work on getting people to work. We have been short staffed for years. We are constantly looking for people. Let us instead try to get more equality in wages from front of the house to back of the house!

  4. Gurutharan says:

    I have a restaurant with 60 employees our menu is not expensive the most expensive dish is $10 our rent fr units is already killing us Nd now wages hike? We will not survive

  5. Nanotek says:


  6. Rick Nash says:

    Many now think that its a move to get votes for the coming elections in 2019.the money we the Citizens of Canada have paid to the government our hard earned Tax money and they spend it lavishly on unwanted areas without helping its own people (ex;crores spent to other countries just to get a seat in the U.N,A huge duck ordered with $2.5 K price tag which has nothing to do with 150 years of independence,giving away money to private companies and individuals,without concern about the ordinary people )If the government spends our tax money to ur people helping them on education,affordable housing according to their income,health,help people when they are laid off,create jobs people will uno be affected but they chose to tax us the small business owners who are contributing a big chunk to Canadas economy but guess who gets punished ???

  7. billy says:

    just about everything you will purchase will go up in price , so how is that helping the people she is trying to reach

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