Stories From Ontario's Business Community

Ontario's proposed changes will have a significant impact on businesses of all sizes. Read stories from business owners from across Ontario.

“An increase of this magnitude [$15/hour] will likely result in the loss of up to 300 jobs.  We provide distribution services and therefore have no end consumer to pass along these costs, but rather we would rely on our clients to pay for this increase.  Our clients can easily move their distribution services to anywhere across Canada or the US and that will likely be their choice, essentially ending our business completely.” – Promotional Solutions Provider

“Raising the minimum wage to $15/hour, having mandatory sick days and 3-week vacation would cost my business upward of $262,900 per year. This cost would harm the health and financial stability of my business and my employees. Raising the minimum wage alone would translate to a 25% reduction in available hours for my staff.” – Independent Grocery Store

“As a small business we seriously consider every hire we make. Recent changes to employment regulations has already made it more onerous to take on new employees and increasing reforms will only make small businesses more reluctant to hire. My business could operate anywhere in Canada, and I am seriously considering to move out of Ontario.” – Small Business

“We already pay our entry level employees $13/hour. Increasing minimum wage, paid sick days and a third week of vacation would alone add $5,800 in cost per employee. Small businesses are already running on tight margins; this increase will be devastating for small businesses across Ontario.” - Spa Business

“I am in favour of people having a living wage, however I am more in favour of more people working and keeping unemployment low. I am positive that an increase to $15/hour minimum wage would lead us to have to lay off staff to keep the doors open.” – Home Building Retail Store

“Unfortunately, farmers will have to absorb the cost of a wage increase because they have no way of passing the additional costs to the ‘end user.’ Any increase in cost of doing business will be absorbed by the farmer, this includes energy costs too. Increasing labour costs could also work against farmers even more because retailers buying our product(s) may buy less to cover their additional cost with increased labour cost.” – Agricultural Products Business

“Our input costs for skilled and semi-skilled labour has increased 35% in the last 10 years (including the recessionary years and the stagnant growth in most of the other years) while my personal salary has remained unchanged in that same period while working 60+ hours/week trying to keep 25-30 people employed.” – Construction Equipment Rental Business

The proposed changes would make doing business unfeasible. We are currently one of the most competitive pizza places in the city and we calculate our labor cost would be increased by 42-48%. We want to help our staff transition to a wage that is determined more, but we in the service/retail industry cannot afford to bear the entire burden of this responsibility, especially all at once.” – Pizza Shop
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