(Mar. 17/09) Prince Edward Island’s minimum wage will rise from $8.00/hour to $8.20/hour on June 1, 2009, and by a further 20 cents to $8.40/hour on Oct. 1, 2009.
Although staged increases in the minimum wage give employers some advance notice on rising labour costs, minimum wage hikes remain difficult for foodservice operators to absorb because of the labour-intensive nature of the industry.
In meetings with government, CRFA outlined the dramatic impact that any increases to the minimum wage would have on foodservice operators throroughout PEI. The province last raised the minimum wage on Oct. 1, 2008, and given current economic conditions, further increases couldn’t come at a worse time.
In an October 2008 submission to PEI’s Employment Standards Board, CRFA made the following key recommendations on behalf of the Island’s 340 restaurants, drinking places and caterers:
CRFA will continue to urge the PEI government to adopt the legislative changes recommended by the Employment Standards Board, which would allow for the introduction of wage differentials.