CFIB doesn't want $15 minimum wage in Quebec, fears job loses in Ontario

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Published on: January 1, 2018 | Last Updated: January 1, 2018 7:15 AM EST

15plus.org is a Quebec group that is fighting for an increase to the minimum wage. Peter McCabe / MONTREAL GAZETTE

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) doesn’t want to see Quebec imitate Ontario, which will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

On Jan. 1 in Ontario, the minimum wage was increased to $14 an hour. It will increase to $15 in a year. After that, it will be adjusted to inflation. The Ontario government believes that this change will give families more purchasing power and build a stronger economy.

CFIB vice-president Martine Hébert believes that the Quebec government has shown wisdom in presenting a plan for substantial minimum wage increases in Quebec, while not giving in to the temptation to raise it to $15 an hour.

Quoting studies, Hébert fears that Ontario will lose tens of thousands of jobs by making this decision. According to her, it is mainly the workers at the bottom of the salary scale who are likely to be bailed out.

For the federation, creating tax measures to support low-income people is far better.

Hébert hopes that all political parties in Quebec will take a “wiser” position on the minimum wage than Ontario.

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