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Raising the minimum wage: small business realities must be part of the equation

Whenever minimum wage increases are proposed, CFIB makes sure that your viewpoint is taken into consideration. We monitor the situation on an ongoing basis and make alternative proposals to the government that reflect your realities in order to avoid the negative impact of a drastic increase in the minimum wage.

We advocate for your interests by:

  • Asking the government not to raise the minimum wage too radically and to base any such hike on the increase in the cost of living.
  • Asking the government to lighten your tax burden (income and payroll taxes) in order to offset the minimum wage increase.
  • Proposing more effective measures to the government for combatting poverty.

Consequences for SMEs and the Quebec economy as a whole
It is important for the government to fully understand that drastically increasing the minimum wage has an impact on jobs, hours worked and the prices of your products and services.
Any such increase produces a domino effect that puts upward pressure on all your labour costs – a consequence that could be avoided by implementing more effective measures to help low-income families.

Bringing your perspective to the media

Check out the interview (in French) of Senior Vice-President Martine Hébert with Paul Larocque on LCN about the minimum wage increase to $12.50 an hour.

Here is a list of some of our initiatives in 2018 (all in French):

We have also produced several letters and reports to call attention to the impact of increasing the minimum wage too drastically, including:

If you would like to voice your opinions on the minimum wage, give us a call! We look forward to continuing the fight with you.

October 26, 2017

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