The Ontario government has announced a drastic 32% increase in the general minimum wage, which will result in a $15 minimum wage on Jan. 1, 2019.

This is just one of the announcements made by Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario government in an overhaul of the province’s labour laws.

Tell your MPP to do the right thing and vote against a 32% increase in minimum wage. You may use the letter below as a template:

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Dear           ,

 

Let’s not play politics with jobs

I am writing to express my opposition to the Liberal government’s announcement of an astronomical 32% increase in minimum wage:  a total hit of $1.8 billion to the province’s restaurant and foodservices community.

You do the math

  • The average restaurant owner in Ontario has 10 employees and annual revenues of $689,000
  • They earn a pre-tax profit of 3.4% (the lowest of any Canadian province), or $23,450 per year
  • A 32% wage hike will cost $47,000 per year, more than wiping out their profits*

(*Source: Statistics Canada and Restaurants Canada)

The Ontario minimum wage announcement is devastating to the thousands of small business owners who hire and train students, newcomers to Ontario, and older workers seeking employment after layoff and termination. This will lead to fewer jobs, fewer hours, and fewer employers.

It’s important to note that the dramatic increase in menu prices that would be required to offset this unprecedented wage hike is not an option, as consumers are very price sensitive.

Do the Right Thing

I am asking you to listen to your constituents, many of whom own and operate small, independent, family-run businesses, who fuel the Ontario economy, create jobs, and provide an important sense of community for all citizens of the province.

Amend the legislation and let your constituents help you grow the economy and create jobs for the people of Ontario. Balanced and reasonable policy is what is needed in Ontario.
Sincerely,

8 comments

8 responses to “Ontario minimum wage – Template letter to send Ontario government”

  1. John Borsten says:

    I think that the message that the Restaurant association should be pushing is that these are tipped employees who already make far in excess of minimum wage. Allow us to put theie tips on the payroll.

  2. THIS WAGE INCREASE IS ABSOLUTELY ABSURD, THE NUMBERS JUST WONT KEEP ANY RESTAURANT IN BUSINESS…THIS IS A LEVEL ENTRY JOB!!! NOT A CAREER JOB!!!!..WE EMPLOY 20 PEOPLE WHICH WILL BE ON THE UNEMPLOYMENT LINE AS WELL AS MY HUSBAND AND I….WE JUST CANNOT STAY OPEN AT A HUGE INCREASE AS SUCH…OUT LABOUR WILL BE MORE THAN HALF OUR BUSINESS AND WE WOULD HAVE TO CLOSE…THEIR IS LITTLE TO ANY PROFIT NOW…WE ARE BARELY STAYING OPEN JUST MAINTAINING ALL THE OVERHEAD THAT GOES WITH ALL THAT COMES WITH RESTAURANTS…15.00HR WILL CLOSE OUR DOORS FOR SURE…WE DON’T SELL LIQUOR, BUT WE HIRE MAJOR STUDENTS THAT WE CANNOT SUPPORT OR HELP GET EXPERIENCE AT THAT WAGE….OUR CHEF IS ALREADY AT THAT WAGE AND WE ARE BARELY MAKING OUR STAFF WAGES AT 10.85HR MINIMUM WAGE…WE TRY AND INCREASE OUR PRICES TO ACCOMMODATE THIS ECONOMY WAGE INCREASES BUT WE ARE GETTING LESS AND LESS CUSTOMERS BECAUSE OF IT.. WE ARE BARELY STAYING OPEN NOW WITH NO PROFIT. AT 15.00HR OUR COFFEE FOR EX: AT 2.35 CUP OF COFFEE WILL BE AT 5.00 CUP OF COFFEE…NO CUSTOMERS IN THIS TOWN WILL PAY THAT, NO CUSTOMERS MEANS NO STAFF NO BUSINESS WE WILL HAVE TO CLOSE AND 22 MORE PEOPLE OUT OF WORK… WHO SET THE PRICE OF 15.00HR WAS IT JUST A NUMBER THAT POLITICIANS GRABBED OUT OF A HAT…NOTHING GOES UP WITH SUCH A HUGE INCREASE!!! IN ONE WHACK….THIS IS NUTS…OUR CONTINUOUS IS SCREWED…THINK OF HOW MANY RESTAURANTS WILL CLOSE!!!! NO JOBS!! MORE ON UNEMPLOYMENT….I CANNOT SEE HOW THIS IS HELPING THIS IS SO SO SO WRONG!!! PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS TO ALL THE RESTAURANTS AND MORE UNEMPLOYMENT….THIS WAGE INCREASE WILL EFFECT RESTAURANTS THE MOST, BECAUSE WE EMPLOY THE MOST LEVEL ENTRY JOB SEEKERS, LIKE KIDS THAT STILL LIVE AT HOME, STUDENTS AND SO MANY MORE PEOPLE THAT HAVE NO SKILLS THAT WE TEACH THEM… PEOPLE WILL NOT PAY THE 20.00 BURGERS, 5.00CUP OF COFFEE NO REFILS, 20.00 EVERYTHING ON ANY MENU IS CRAZY…THEIR WILL BE ONLY BIG CHAINS THAT CAN AFFORD THE ORDER YOURSELF MACHINES AND BIG CHAINS WILL BE ALL YOU SEE…EVERY SMALL BUSINESS OWNER WILL BE GONE…THIS DECISION REALLY NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED AND RE EVALUATED…CAN YOU PLEASE TELL US HOW TO STAY OPEN???????????????

  3. Danyelle says:

    Vote “NO” for the new minimum wage increase!

  4. John Jacysyn says:

    35% to 45% of my customers are seniors and I’m fearful they won’t be able to afford the 25% plus increases in menu prices because of labour costs. This doesn’t include increases in food costs that will follow these wage increases????

  5. Frances Prezio says:

    I really do not want to raise prices, but I will not have any choice. Business is slower this year, I am afraid of what will happen next year once the wages are increased. Wages go up, prices go up, so will the economy. Who losses, all of us except the government. I might as well close the doors to the business.

  6. Paul says:

    Do you need a hand with confirming who your MPP is and where to contact them? Feel free to contact me at pmckay@restaurantscanada.org. Hearing a lot from members on this issue and happy to help make sure your voice and vote is heard. Paul

  7. Paul says:

    Just to confirm, Members – You’re having an impact! Contact your MPP, let me know if you need help with that. And, don’t forget the hearings in July – Thunder Bay (10) North Bay (11) Ottawa (12) Kingston (13) Windsor (14) London (17) KW (18) Niagara (19) Hamilton (20) and Toronto (21). pmckay@restaurantscanada.org

  8. Jessica says:

    This is MORE than a 32% increase if you add in the additional deductions and WSIB that business will now have to pay. I have a small café and so does my daughter and after doing some number crunching the only options we will have with these ridiculous increases is to let 1/2 our staff go at both cafés and increase prices. Sales will drop due to the increase menu prices so we won’t need that many staff and people will lose their jobs, menu prices will go up to cover the cost of the wage increases (not 1 but 3 increases – Oct 2017, Jan 2018 & Jan 2019) and then food cost will go up because our suppliers will need to cover their cost which will mean menu prices will go up even more. I was cutting back my hours so my staff would have more hours, now I have to really think whether it’s worth me putting in a lot more hours just to cover someone else wage & food cost or if I’m better off closing the doors and retiring. There is no win win here for anyone. .

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