On November 22, Bill 148 passed its third and final reading in the Ontario legislature, ensuring that the province’s minimum wage will rise to $14/hour on January 1, 2018 and to $15/hour on January 1, 2019.
This controversial bill has been the subject of much debate and discussion throughout Ontario’s foodservice industry. Operators and restaurateurs are concerned that in order to support these new wages they will be left with no choice but to cut staff, raise menu prices, slash employee benefits, decrease staff hours and hours of operation or even close permanently.
Restaurants Canada will continue to fight on behalf of our members to try and ensure these changes do not have permanent and lasting damage on Ontario’s foodservice industry.
For information on Managing the Impact of Bill 148, Restaurants Canada members can access our guidebook on the member portal or you can register to participate in the first of a series of webinars in preparing for Bill 148 on December 6.