Offers to set up roundtables for government to hear directly from small businesses
CALGARY – The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) launched an online petition to capture the reaction of independent business owners from across the province to the Alberta government’s plan to hike the minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2018.
“Since the changes have been announced to Alberta’s minimum wage, a flood of frustration has been pouring into our offices. The new government must hear the firsthand perspective from business owners about the negative impact this policy will have,” said Amber Ruddy, Senior Policy Analyst for CFIB.
CFIB is also offering to facilitate roundtables with business owners in the major centres across the province. Business owners have been volunteering to share their perspective and insights with the new government.
When business owners were asked: To what extent do you support or oppose the proposals to increase the minimum wage from $10.20 to $15 by 2018 made by the new Alberta government?
- Twenty-one per cent are supportive (5% very supportive, 16% somewhat supportive)
- Seventy-nine per cent are opposed (22% not very supportive, 57% not supportive at all)
“As MLAs and cabinet are at home in their constituencies this summer, they should reach out to small business owners. The first big bump in the minimum wage hits this fall and two short days of consultation simply doesn’t cut it. Entrepreneurs are worked up and want elected officials to show some sign they are listening,” said Ruddy.
The first minimum wage hike is scheduled for October 1st. General minimum wage is slated to go from $10.20 to $11.20 per hour and the liquor server minimum wage is set to go from $9.20 to $10.70 per hour.
Findings are based on 973 responses, collected from CFIB members in a controlled-access web survey. Data reflect responses received June 19-29.
To join the campaign to Stop the $15 Minimum Wage, sign the petition.
CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region.