Save Food Service Jobs - Ontario Minimum Wage

Save Food Service Jobs

Save Foodservice Jobs

In 2017, Restaurants Canada attended more than 50 meetings with the Wynne government to stress the disastrous impact these massive wage increases would have on Ontario’s foodservice industry. What remains clear is that this government refuses to listen to the small business community.

While restaurateurs will respect and abide by the massive amount of change and monumental new cost burden forced upon them, Restaurants Canada will continue to be a champion for our members.  We will continue to push for offsets that will directly help restaurants, including:

  • Increasing tax incentives for youth employment
  • Lowering the LCBO licensee markup
  • Widening the wage differential for students and liquor servers
  • Raising the PST exemption on meals from $4 to $8

Without providing any cost savings or offsets to employers, young people and new Canadians will have fewer job opportunities and our economy will suffer. The most comprehensive research indicates that this legislation will impact businesses in every community throughout Ontario. It places more than 17,000 jobs at risk, and 26% of our members have indicated that they will have to consider permanent closure.

Members should tell Premier Wynne that Ontario is not just the GTA. Restaurant closures in small and rural areas and communities will have a tremendous impact on the local economy and job opportunities.

We remain steadfast in our commitment to let the government know that if they do not slow the increase or offer help, the people and small businesses they represent will continue to suffer.

Together, we can show our resolve.

You can help by sharing your stories about how this legislation is affecting your business. Rest assured, we will not sure your specific details, only the aggregate details of location, impact and changes you have had to make in order to adjust. Please consider filling out the web form below.

Below you will find tools that you can use to:

  • Arrange a meeting with your MPP
    • Enter your information and send. A meeting request will be sent directly to your MPP.
  • Email your MPP
    • Enter your information, view the randomly generated email samples, refresh to see others, , customize the message to add your personal story, and the email will go directly to your MPP’s inbox.
  • Share your story with Restaurants Canada and fellow members.
    • These stories will only be visible on this site but can help inspire other members tell their own stories.
      Don’t forget, our strength is in our numbers.

Review important resources

  • Tell Your Story, a guide for meeting with your MPP
  • Q and A document, to help you prepare for meeting your MPP
  • Guide for minimum wage discussions with staff

This website will be updated regularly with additional content and resources. Check back often and, most importantly, take action now!

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Thursday March 8

Auto Mayors Local and Provincial 2018 Update Collingwood Living | 03/7/2018 21:34 with recruitment strategies, job posting portals, employee training assistance, Bill 148 policy perspectives and more. “Just this past week     Hotel owners say 4% hotel tax too high Cornwall Seaway News | 03/7/2018 17:12 said Lecky, referring to Bill 148 which, amongst …

Wednesday March 7

GE widow frustrated with lack of response to letters to minister of labour and premier The Peterborough Examiner | 03/7/2018 6:0 . But she emphasizes that Flynn needs to act now or else it may take years to resolve this issue. “If Minister Flynn doesn’t see this     CRA serves up unfair tax fight …

Tuesday March 6

Ontario government to bring in ‘pay transparency’ bill aimed at closing gender wage gap Global News | 03/6/2018 6:32 -election this spring, pitching policies like the province’s increase to minimum wage and expansion of drug coverage for people aged 25 and     Ontario’s Algoma registers three lobbyists to talk steel trade IPolitics | 03/5/2018 …

Monday March 5

What are you legally allowed to do to offset the minimum wage hike? HRM Online Canada | 03/5/2018 5:10 could be a way of offsetting the minimum wage hike. For example, if managers are being paid minimum wage now there will be a lot of pressure     Letter: Minimum wage victory — where to …

Friday March 2

Sudbury taxi driver claims some get paid less than minimum wage CBC Sudbury | 03/2/2018 5:5 s recent minimum wage increase. McIntosh said the bylaw doesn’t allow companies to change fares to be able to meet the new $14 minimum wage     Halifax Regional School Board and support staff ratify new contract Canadian Insider …


Our proposals for helping the foodservice industry

  Any help that the government provides relative to minimum wage increases must focus on the industries and Ontarians who will be most impacted. No industry will be more negatively impacted than restaurants and foodservice, and economic impact analysis indicates that youth and entry-level workers are the most vulnerable to lost hours and jobs. Restaurants ...

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Minimum Wage Q & A

Minimum Wage Q & A Minimum wage increases will help put more money into your employees’ pockets, which they will in turn spend.  Isn’t that good for the economy?   The premise that employees will have more income is flawed. Such a significant increase in the minimum wage is more than employers can absorb, especially ...

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Guide for meeting with your MPP

When meeting with your elected representative, your personal story is your most valuable tool. Remember, MPPs are elected to serve people in their constituency, and they regularly meet with constituents to discuss their experiences with laws, policy and regulation. You can use this to your advantage. When meeting with your MPP, be confident and tell ...

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Guide for talking to staff about the increased minimum wage

Your staff will likely hear the debate around the increase in minimum wage and may have questions about it. The messages below can be a guideline for conversations, either as the basis for an impromptu discussion, or to guide a formal staff meeting. Messages The Ontario government has committed to raising the minimum wage to ...

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