(Aug. 28/17) Restaurants Canada invites you to attend our political action meeting on Sept. 6 in Toronto, where you can share your ideas and learn about our initiatives to mitigate the Wynne government’s minimum wage policies.

Where we stand
We’ve been working hard to assess and communicate the impact of these policies on our industry’s businesses and jobs to media, government and key stakeholders. In fact, our industry had more representation at the government hearings than any other. The Premier has publicly said she will work with Restaurants Canada to offset some of the costs.


Our next phase
In partnership with the Retail Council of Canada, we have enlisted the services of Crestview Strategy Group, a public and government relations firm, to bolster resources for this fight. Restaurants Canada is taking the lead, and funding up to 50% of this campaign, but we need all of you to kick in!


How can you join the fight?

  1. Register to attend our political action meeting, hosted at Restaurants Canada’s Head Office in Toronto on Sept. 6. Address: 1155 Queen St. W. Time: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  2. Contribute whatever you can to the campaign. Download a pledge form and send via fax or e-mail by Sept. 8, 2017.

In numbers: How Ontario’s planned minimum wage hikes will hurt the restaurant industry

You and every other business in Ontario were blindsided when the Wynne government did an about-face on its minimum wage policy and announced a $14 minimum wage by January 2018, a $15 minimum wage by January 2019, along with 64 other costly, anti-business policies.

The impacts on our industry and the economy will be staggering.

  • A $23 billion hit to business over two years.
  • 187,000 jobs at risk, 17,300 in foodservice and accommodation alone.
  • Increased deficits at all three levels of government with municipalities taking a half billion dollar hit – which will result in higher taxes.
  • 50% increase to inflation and a cost per household of $1,300 more for consumer goods and services.


4 responses to “Be a part of our minimum wage action in Ontario”

  1. Rick Limoges says:

    I am a former Member of Parliament and a restaurateur for 13 years. The solution to our issue will also provide a solution to a serious outstanding issue for both levels of Government. It is well known that servers make much more than minimum wage already however they do not always report tips as taxable income. Simply mandate that restaurants collect and include all tips with wages. It is already required that we include tip sharing pools that are managed by the business, for example to tip out kitchen staff. In this way, all employees pay a fair share of taxes and it will also be clear that servers do not require an increase.

  2. John Mallon says:

    Small town eateries are taking another big bite out of their bottom line to feed Toronto’s insatiable appetite to be a world class city. The sooner the GTA or the entire golden triangle becomes a province unto itself the better off the rest of the province will be. We don’t need subways … we can still walk to work.

  3. Please do not support a reduction in alcohol tax as a means of mitigating the minimum wage increase. There are many restaurants that do not serve alcohol which would be greatly impacted by a further distortion in the playing field, already distorted by the tipping and reduced minimum wage enjoyed by licensed restaurants.

  4. Paul says:

    The Minimum Wage Movement is a complex issue, complete with public sector policy objectives and private sector economic consequences and reactions. Please feel free to contact membership@restaurantscanada.org if you would like to be more informed, and more involved. All the best, Paul

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