Minimum Wage

Overview

The Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is concerned with the Ontario government’s decision to raise minimum wage from $10.25 to $11 per hour, effective June 1, 2014.

OFA has long protested that an increase in the minimum wage will hurt Ontario farmers – especially fruit and vegetable farmers who rely heavily on seasonal labour. Farmers are unable to recoup wage increases by adding the additional cost of production to the price we receive for our farm products.

The OFA shares the government’s goal of alleviating poverty. However, in our submission to the Ministry of Labour’s advisory panel OFA indicated increasing minimum wage to reduce poverty is poor public policy and asking employers to shoulder this burden is an ineffective approach.

OFA supports tying minimum wage increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), believing this approach will lead to more predictable adjustments for which all businesses can plan.

We encourage the Ontario government to review and implement OFA’s recommendations to the advisory panel on alternative approaches to reduce poverty and help Ontario’s working poor. 

For more information about our position on minimum wage, please read OFA's submission to the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel.

Submissions & Correspondence

OFA submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs regarding Bill 148, Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017
(July 20, 2017)

OFA Submission to the Minimum Wage Advisory Panel
(October 21, 2013)


News

Speak up for ag this summer
(July 6, 2017 - Water, Rural Economic Development, Environmental, Farm Labour & Safety, Minimum Wage)

Changing Workplaces Review needs economic assessment to determine feasibility in agriculture
(May 26, 2017 - Farm Labour & Safety, Minimum Wage)

Bill 148 threatens Ontario jobs and businesses
(August 18, 2017 - Farm Labour & Safety, Minimum Wage)

Province’s fall economic statement brings mixed bag for agriculture
(November 16, 2017 - Rural Economic Development, Taxation, Property Assessment and Taxation, Minimum Wage)

MPPs spend a day on the farm with OFA
(August 11, 2017 - Water, Rural Economic Development, Environmental, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Minimum Wage)


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