The rise in the minimum wage in Ontario as of Jan. 1 has also turned up the controversy with iconic Tim Hortons at the centre of it all.
Protests took place at several Timmies locations after franchises cancelled paid breaks and began requiring employees to pay a portion of their health and dental benefits as a way of dealing with the sudden move up from $11.60 to $14 an hour.
The minimum wage in Ontario will rise again at the beginning of 2019, when it will be $15 an hour.
A common theme from the protesters was that they were willing to pay extra for their double-doubles and donuts if it meant employees weren’t negatively affected by this hike in the minimum wage.
It’s a noble thought, but would it apply across the board in all industries that employ minimum wage workers?
Golf, for instance, has long been criticized for lack of affordability, which is one of the reasons it’s seen as a game for the elite. So what happens if public courses hike their green fees or member clubs raise the price of their memberships?
I realize this is mostly an Ontario story, but Alberta’s minimum wage is also going to $15 later this year and there’s a good chance other provinces will do the same, considering its appeal to the masses despite warnings from businesses about the consequences.
So, even if you’re not directly affected at this point, you may be some time down the road, so we’d like you to weigh in on this week’s GNN Poll question.
Is raising the price of greens fees/memberships a viable way to deal with large minimum wage hikes, or will it mean lost business?
You can vote below or on the GNN home page and please feel free to voice your opinion in the Comments section below.