Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown supports provincial minimum wage increase, including restaurant staff

By Matt Dionne

Published on November 4, 2021 at 2:08 p.m.

Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown supports the province’s decision to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, including for liquor servers.

“I support raising the minimum wage,” he said during his weekly press conference on Wednesday November 3.

“I think people deserve to have a living wage,” he said. “I’m glad the government is raising the bar, but this should have happened a few years ago.”

Some restaurateurs believe the move to include liquor servers, which includes waiters, bartenders and others in the hospitality industry who also receive tips, will hurt their businesses, many of which have suffered significantly over the past over the past year due to pandemic restrictions. , and still have not fully recovered.

Currently, liquor servers earn $12.55 an hour, but when the minimum wage increase takes effect Jan. 1, servers will earn $15 an hour, along with all other wage-earning positions. minimum.

This increase means that labor costs for restaurants will increase by almost $2.5 per hour per server compared to other general minimum wage businesses, which will see their costs increase by only $0.65. per hour and per staff member.

Brown suggested the increase could actually be a boon for restaurants struggling to attract staff to work for them.

“Frankly, I hear that some companies are struggling to attract people to work in restaurants,” he said. “So if you’re paying people minimum wage, I don’t know how you’re going to attract them to work in your restaurant.”

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