FREDERICTON, June 7, 2011 /CNW/ - Today the Canadian Restaurant and
Foodservices Association (CRFA) urged New Brunswick to protect
restaurant jobs by introducing tip and training differentials before
the minimum wage increases again in September. Employing 21,500 New
Brunswickers, the restaurant industry is the fourth-largest employer in
the province with more workers than farming, fishing, mining and
"The minimum wage increase introduced in early 2010 has been a job
killer," says Luc Erjavec, CRFA's Vice-President Atlantic Canada.
"Between 2009 and 2010, 2,100 jobs were lost in foodservice with 1,300
involving young people under the age of 25."
"In the March budget address, Finance Minister Higgs suggested changing
the minimum wage policy because of its impact on youth employment and
foodservice," says Erjavec. "The time to act is now. A tip differential
will help protect the hours of work and tip income for those who rely
on those hours to earn tips, and a training differential will encourage
employers to hire more first-time employees."
Recently, Alberta and British Columbia joined Ontario and Quebec by
introducing a tip differential for liquor servers. Nova Scotia and
Ontario have training differentials to encourage hiring first-time
New Brunswick's restaurant industry encompasses more than 1,600
restaurants, caterers and bars. According to a recent Ipsos poll for
Kraft Foodservice Canada and CRFA, 22 per cent of Canadians were first
employed by the restaurant industry.
CRFA is one of Canada's largest business associations, with more than
30,000 members representing restaurants, bars, caterers, institutions
and other foodservice providers. Canada's $60-billion foodservice
industry employs more than one million people in communities across the
SOURCE Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
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