FREDERICTON, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices
Association (CRFA) commends the New Brunswick government's
re-examination of minimum wage to assist small businesses and grow job
opportunities in the province.
"Finance Minister Blaine Higgs's comments that the province should look
at a two- tiered minimum wage is positive for restaurants and all small
businesses in the province," says Luc Erjavec, CRFA's Vice President
Atlantic Canada. "A lower wage for inexperienced workers or those who
earn tips is common practice in other Canadian jurisdictions."
"Small businesses in New Brunswick, particularly during an economic
downturn, have been hit hard by the 21 per cent increase in minimum
wage implemented by the previous government," continues Erjavec. "A
two-tier wage system recognizes the high cost of training inexperienced
workers and significant income earned by tipped employees, and could
help employers create new jobs across the province."
As one of New Brunswick's largest private-sector employers, the
restaurant industry has more than 24,000 direct employees - more than
farming, fishing, forestry and mining combined. Additionally, the
provides nearly one in five jobs for young people under the age of 25;
encompasses more than 1,600 commercial establishments, forming a core
part of the province's social and economic fabric and generating jobs
and investment across communities; and
supports and promotes local cuisine and agriculture, and is a major
buyer of chicken, dairy, seafood, potatoes and emerging crops such as
cranberries and blueberries.
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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