QUEEN’S PARK – Businesses in Parry Sound – Muskoka will raise prices, cut employee hours, lay off staff and some will close if proposed labour law changes go through as introduced, Norm Miller, MPP for Parry Sound – Muskoka told the government in the Legislature yesterday.
The labour law changes, proposed in Bill 148, were introduced on the last day of the spring session. Miller sent surveys to more than 2,000 businesses in June to find out how this legislation would impact jobs in Parry Sound-Muskoka and received more than 200 responses.
Miller summarized the responses he received and read the comments from many local employers who said they would have to raise prices, cut hours, lay off staff and, in some cases, close.
“It was important I put the comments of local employers on the record because the Committee hearings about this Bill were held during the summer when tourism businesses were too busy to present,” said Miller.
Many businesses told Miller they wouldn’t be able to raise prices enough to cover the increase in minimum wage and that all their employees would expect an equal raise.
Miller brought forward specific concerns that the towing industry has with the on-call provisions that require employees be paid three hours wages for every day they are on call.
He also raised the concerns of people in weather dependent businesses like golf courses, tourism operators and construction companies that are worried about the costs of having to pay staff three hours wages for cancelled shifts.