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Old 12-02-2017, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Canada
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In October the minimum wage increased to $13.60 / hr and is set to be $15.00/hr by October 2018. This seems great, (but is it). I am inclined to think it is a double edged sword. Paying employees more money means businesses have charge more to cover costs. Perhaps even downsize the amount of people they employ. I'm on the fence with this one. More pay also means the federal government gets more.

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Old 12-03-2017, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Toronto, ON
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It will go from $11.60 to $14.00 here on Jan 1.

I think it's a very stupid move, brought forward by people who want to push their agenda without thinking things through properly.

This is what will happen:

1. Everything will be more expensive
2. Companies will have to decide whether they will raise their entire wage scale and layoff new hires
3. there will be a huge increase in people earning minimum wage

I'm sure there are a few more...
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Old 12-03-2017, 06:52 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I agree
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Old 12-09-2017, 03:16 PM
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Location: Ontario
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It will go from $11.60 to $14.00 here on Jan 1.

I think it's a very stupid move, brought forward by people who want to push their agenda without thinking things through properly.

This is what will happen:

1. Everything will be more expensive
2. Companies will have to decide whether they will raise their entire wage scale and layoff new hires
3. there will be a huge increase in people earning minimum wage

I'm sure there are a few more...
I noticed various fast food restaurants already raising prices (slightly)
to compensate. We will all pay for the increased wages when enjoying Tim’s, Wendy’s, and
my fave ...Big M
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Old 01-02-2018, 04:00 PM
 
Location: Kalamalka Lake, B.C.
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Hopefully it will begin a game change in evaluating which employees are above and beyond, and which are just there for the ride, and the leave for home early.

IMO having run a company for ten years and been an employee from wage to salary, people are either worth 50. an hour or 5 cents an hour, and there aren't many in between!! BUT it's the "mandate of management" to find out which is which!!!

After all, companies tried "temp" workers for almost 25 years at a book-out of 25 an hour AND MORE, and it took "management" a quarter of a century to find out THAT THAT doesn't work!!!!

Last edited by thedwightguy; 01-02-2018 at 04:01 PM.. Reason: finish sentence
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:28 PM
 
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It will go from $11.60 to $14.00 here on Jan 1.

I think it's a very stupid move, brought forward by people who want to push their agenda without thinking things through properly.

This is what will happen:

1. Everything will be more expensive
2. Companies will have to decide whether they will raise their entire wage scale and layoff new hires
3. there will be a huge increase in people earning minimum wage

I'm sure there are a few more...
So where do you draw the line then? You would prefer minimum wage to be very little like $4 an hour? No minimum wage? Why are you saying it is a bad move then? The minimum wage should be a living wage. This is good news. One guy who owns a local business has been paying their cooks and waiters $15 dollars an hours all the way back when the wage was $8 hour. Businesses should always be prepared for government intervention. It's also a myth that everything gets more expensive when the minimum wage increases. This may be true for places that pay their employees minimum wage like fast food restaurants, but it doesn't change the entire dynamic and it helps people who are living in poverty and rely on food stamps.
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Old 01-03-2018, 12:59 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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^^^ I agree!!!
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Old 01-03-2018, 01:43 PM
 
Location: S.W. British Columbia
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........ but it doesn't change the entire dynamic and it helps people who are living in poverty and rely on food stamps.
I agree with all of your points you made but since this pertains to Alberta I just want to mention that there's no such thing as food stamps in Canada.

Canadians who live in poverty have to make do with whatever their income affords them and those who can provide proof that they have below a certain level of income are eligible to go to the Food Bank once a week. Food Banks rely on food donations from the civil sector and charitable organizations (not government) and people who go to Food Banks for food can't just pick and choose whatever they want, they have to take whatever is already pre-bagged and then handed across the counter to them.

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Old 01-04-2018, 12:32 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I agree with all of your points you made but since this pertains to Alberta I just want to mention that there's no such thing as food stamps in Canada.

Canadians who live in poverty have to make do with whatever their income affords them and those who can provide proof that they have below a certain level of income are eligible to go to the Food Bank once a week. Food Banks rely on food donations from the civil sector and charitable organizations (not government) and people who go to Food Banks for food can't just pick and choose whatever they want, they have to take whatever is already pre-bagged and then handed across the counter to them.

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Also food in this country can be significantly more expensive than in comparable parts of the US even without their food stamps program. Food insecurity is an issue for many Canadians.
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Old 01-04-2018, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Canada
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I didn't know that that's how food banks work. How do they deal with special needs? Example, if one family needs milk and another family doesn't drink milk?
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