TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business
(CFIB) has released a research report challenging the overall
effectiveness of minimum wage policy in Canada. Minimum Wage: Reframing the debate reveals that minimum wage increases tend to hurt the very people they
are supposed to help.
Small business owners aim to offer competitive wages that will help them
attract and retain good staff. However, large jumps in the minimum wage
force business owners to reduce hours, reduce training or even
Contrary to groups that assert minimum wage increases do not adversely
affect the economy, CFIB's research report paints a very different
picture on the potential job impact. To illustrate, the report
estimates that a 10 per cent increase in the minimum wage across all
provinces costs up to 321,300 jobs. These jobs losses would take the
form of hiring freezes, slower employment growth, or direct job cuts
during economic downturns. "At a time when the economy is in slow
recovery, the last thing governments should be considering are policies
that further hinder job creation," said Marilyn Braun-Pollon, CFIB's
Vice President for Saskatchewan and co-author of the report.
Minimum wage rates currently range from $8.00 in British Columbia to
$11.00 in Nunavut. Since 2001, most provinces have substantially
increased their minimum wage rates. British Columbia is the only
province that has not increased its minimum wage since 2001.
Far from achieving the government's stated aim of poverty reduction,
minimum wage increases can significantly add to the payroll costs small
firms are already forced to pay, leaving employers with no choice but
to scale back. "Governments should consider all other alternatives in
place of minimum wage increases so that small businesses' ability to
create jobs is not compromised. It's time provincial governments are
held accountable for the ineffectiveness of their minimum wage
policies," said Braun-Pollon.
The report calls for governments to focus on more practical and
effective ways to help low income earners, such as providing additional
income tax relief and training opportunities. "Small businesses want to
ensure employees are able to keep more of their income and are able to
upgrade their skills for better paying positions. It's time to reframe
the debate," concluded Braun-Pollon.
To view the report in full, please visit www.cfib.ca
As Canada's largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses,
CFIB is Powered by Entrepreneurs™. Established in 1971, CFIB takes
direction from more than 108,000 members in every sector nationwide,
giving independent business a strong and influential voice at all
levels of government and helping to grow the economy.
SOURCE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS
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