It may be quiet compared to the what’s going on in Ontario in response to raising the minimum wage eventually to $15 an hour, but it may be the calm before the storm in Alberta.
It is a reality and it’s not going away. We did know it was coming and we’ve been able to better plan for it, but that being said, I still don’t think we were given enough warning. These things take time to plan for and to get yourself organized.
The private clubs are probably going to feel it a little bit more than the daily fee courses. The reality is that, at some point, services are going to be cut. You can’t help it financially, or else your dues go through the roof and your membership is complaining,
You’ve got to find a way to eliminate some services without the perception that those services are gone, so you’ve got to go behind closed doors and figure out what you’re going to do.
The positive in Alberta is that people are working toward it. It’s not like they’ve pulled the cover up over their eyes and said this isn’t going to happen.
At the private club, they’ve got to decide what the threshold is for member fees, what you provide for those fees and what you can do to make sure you hit your targets and meet your numbers. You can, after all, only charge so much.
That’s where creativity enters into it and there are ways to do it, but you need to embrace that because it’s not going away.
From the employees’ perspective, the cream rises to the top and the people who are really good at what they do are going to be fine, but the ones who are straddling the line or on the fence are not going to make the cut.
Owners and operators are going to have to step up, but so are the individual employees.