(June 15/17) The Ontario government is going across the province to showcase its massive increase to the minimum wage and other labour changes. This is your chance to tell Premier Kathleen Wynne how these changes will affect you.
Our industry is made up of small, independent business owners who hire and train high school students, newcomers to Ontario, and others looking for a first start in the labour market. We are the number one source of first jobs.
This government needs to hear from you! Mark the dates in your calendar and come to the hearing nearest you.
Week 1, July 10 to 14: Thunder Bay, North Bay, Ottawa, Kingston, Windsor-Essex;
Week 2, July 17 to 21: London, Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara, Hamilton, and Toronto.
Register NOW to ensure your spot at the local hearing
Register now to make sure you get a spot. Contact the committee clerk and ask to be put onto the list of presenters:
If you’d like to present – and we urge you to – please contact Restaurants Canada’s James Rilett for information or advice.
Use our template letter to write to your MP
Tell your MPP to do the right thing and vote against a 32% increase in minimum wage. Here’s our letter template.
Our action in the media
Restaurants Canada has been speaking out on how a drastic minimum wage hike will hurt jobs and businesses. See some of the coverage on this issue:
Ontario’s $15 Minimum Wage ‘Devastating’ To Businesses, Groups Say, The Huffington Post
Minimum wage hike will force some restaurants to close, The Toronto Star
Ontario minimum-wage hike expected to squeeze business owners, The Globe and Mail
Wynne’s $15 an hour no way to go, Our London
Ontario’s new $15 minimum wage bad for business, say critics, CBC’s The Current (featuring Restaurants Canada’s Board Director Steven Mastoras)
Minimum wage hike threatens small business: Owner, The Toronto Sun