Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association

Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association

March 09, 2010 14:49 ET

Minimum Wage Increase Shows McGuinty Government Not Listening

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, News Editor, Travel/Tourism Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, PRESS RELEASE--(Marketwire - March 9, 2010) - The McGuinty Government pressed forward with an increase to the minimum wage this week despite massive opposition as well as a compromise proposal calling for a phased in approach that would help struggling small and medium sized businesses cope.

The ORHMA is disappointed that the McGuinty Government has ignored calls for a compromise and simply implemented an increase to the Minimum Wage. The ORHMA provided examples of real concerns with simply implementing a minimum wage increase. The ORHMA offered the Ontario Government options to consider instead of an across the board increase in the minimum wage that would have eased the burden on the accommodations and restaurants sector after years of setbacks have left the industry struggling to survive.

The new increases in the minimum wage come at the worst possible time for small and medium sized businesses. The list of setbacks for the accommodations and restaurant sector in Ontario includes 911, SARS, NHL strike, H1N1, the global economic setback and a chronic shortage of skilled labour. The Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA) represents 11,000 establishments across Ontario. As a strong voice for these largely small businesses, the ORHMA has called upon government to work with small business as a partner. If small business is the engine of our economy then we must act to get that engine going and ensure that these small businesses make it through these challenging times.

Every day, in every corner of Ontario, workers go to their jobs in our industry hoping for a brighter tomorrow with renewed prosperity. For these mostly small businesses, labour is the most expensive component of their costs. Increasing the Minimum Wage in the one increase will have a devastating effect on their lives. We need strong action and leadership from our partner in government to ensure that those of us in the accommodations and restaurant sector can join in on the anticipated economic recovery. Raising the minimum wage has increased not lessened the burden our members and their families face each day.
/For further information: Peter Adams (available for interview)
Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association
T905-361-0268 or 1-800-668-8906

Contact Information

  • Peter Adams, Ontario Restaurant Hotel & Motel Association
    Primary Phone: 905-361-0268 ext. 325
    Toll-Free: 800-668-8906
    E-mail: padams@orhma.com