Restaurant lobby calls for rollback of labour reforms introduced by Better Jobs Act

Press Release Food and Beverage Ontario (FBO) joins the Ontario Chamber of Commerce call for the immediate repeal of labour reforms introduced by the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017. FBO members have cited concerns similar to other Ontario businesses that the reforms made by the previous government were done too quickly and without adequate consultation on how it aligns with Ontario’s aspirations […]

Crunching Numbers: Minimum wage by province

From the spring 2018 issue of Canadian Restaurant & Foodservice News By Jeff Dover Restaurateurs are dealing with increases in many of their expenses, like food and rent, but with significant minimum wage increases in several provinces, labour cost has caused considerable concern given the tight margins in Canada’s restaurant industry. The table below shows current […]

Ontario’s annual minimum wage increase came into effect on October 1

Press release Ontario is increasing the general minimum wage for the fourth consecutive year, which will bring the wage up to $11.60 on October 1, 2017. For liquor servers, the minimum wage increased from $9.90 per hour to $10.10 per hour. As a part of Ontario’s plan for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs, the general […]

Meat prices to increase after minimum wage announcement, along with restaurant bills

By David Hopkins With the announcement of minimum wage increasing to $15 by 2019, restaurant owners in Ontario, Alberta and potentially British Columbia will not only see higher rent and utility costs, but also increases in meat prices. The surge in meat prices will add yet another level to profit challenge, making it harder for […]

Ontario sets minimum wage at $15 – but wait; there’s more, and it’s worse

By Jeni Marinucci Many are celebrating Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s decision to push the provincial minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2019. Smaller changes to pay will take place first, bumping the current general minimum wage of $11.40 to $14 at the opening of 2018, providing a year for small businesses to hopefully get […]