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New survey results show better ways to help low-income earners
Winnipeg, September 28, 2016 – As a number of provinces prepare to hike minimum wage in the coming days, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released a new survey that debunks a number of myths about minimum wage and outlines more effective ways for government to help low-income Manitobans.
The Manitoba government is currently reviewing its minimum wage policy and this new data provides ample reason to think twice about raising the minimum wage.
“We urge the Manitoba government to freeze the minimum wage and consider other ways to actually achieve the goal of helping low-income earners, such as providing additional income tax relief and improving training opportunities for them,” said Jonathan Alward, CFIB Director of Provincial Affairs for Manitoba. “Our survey results show that 11 minimum wage increases in the previous 10 years have negatively impacted small business growth and employment. How would another increase be any different?”
Highlights of CFIB’s Employment and Wages Survey:
Myths about minimum wage
Impact of previous minimum wage increases
Bestways for government to help low-income earners
“Given the obvious shortcomings of minimum wage policy, government shouldn’t consider increasing the minimum wage until it has exhausted its ability to assist low-income earners through tax relief and training initiatives – especially for key sectors affected by minimum wage policy, such as accommodation/food services and retail,” concluded Alward. “The Manitoba government needs to listen to the Province’s job creators and adopt common sense alternatives to minimum wage policy that can truly help low-income earners.”
To arrange an interview with Jonathan Alward, Director of Provincial Affairs for Manitoba, please call 1 888-234-2232, 204-982-0817 or email [email protected]. You can also follow CFIB Manitoba on Twitter @cfibMB.
CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members (4,800 in Manitoba) across every sector and region.