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HRM CA | 14 Aug 2017, 11:28 AM Agree 0
Ontario businesses and households alike will suffer from wage rise, independent research warns
  • JeannieM | 14 Aug 2017, 11:53 AM Agree 0
    1. I'm not entirely confident that this research is without bias considering who commissioned it.
    2. The minimum wage does need to increase, but maybe not as quickly as this legislation proposes.
    3. I question the whether we need a province wide minimum wage at $15.00. Sure, $15 makes sense in Toronto because of the high cost of housing, etc. But that is not the case in many other areas of the Province. I have to wonder if this study even looked at the impact by region because I suspect that small business in small town Ontario will have a disproportionately difficult time coping with this.
  • PJ MacLean | 14 Aug 2017, 11:53 AM Agree 0
    What do you say to the actual experiences in several areas that have raise the minimum wage and the sky did not fall? I think this is way overdone and a pretty hysterical take on the issue. Kind of like the Year 2000 perhaps. The positive impacts cannot be overlooked. Fewer people having to work 2 or 3 jobs. Lower turnover. Reduced hiring costs for employers. Better customer service due to more consistent staffing. We will see.

  • Kayt | 14 Aug 2017, 12:32 PM Agree 0
    I am not convinced that the sky is going to fall over this, although I understand that businesses want to protect their profit margins. Perhaps it is too quick and a slower transition could be considered. However, no one has a "right" to have a business. A business owner who can't afford to pay a living wage can't afford to have a business. Why should workers have to continue to struggle under the burden of working for a less than adequate wage, and often no benefits, so someone else can make a higher profit in their business? Having your own business is not an entitlement. To say that there will be less hiring, and more work expected of those still employed is such a lame scare tactic. If a company's profit margin is that tight and tenuous, then the business has other, bigger problems. Business conditions change and businesses have to adjust.
  • Ankita | 07 Sep 2017, 02:16 PM Agree 0
    I am not conviced with this decision because it may affect of our economy.
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