January 3, 2018
STATEMENT TO THE MEDIA FROM GREAT WHITE NORTH FRANCHISEE ASSOCIATION REGARDING MINIMUM WAGE IMPLICATIONS
The members of Great White North Franchisee Association, and all franchisees of the Tim Hortons chain, have been put in a difficult situation in implementing the new minimum wage increases brought in by the Ontario Liberal Government, effective January 1, 2018.
In conjunction with the minimum wage increase to $14.00, costs to the franchisee will also include: increases in CPP contributions, EI contributions, Employer Health Tax, Worker’s Compensation Board and Training (Safe Serve, First Aid, RBI, WSIB, etc.). In addition to these costs, there will be added Vacation Pay, increased Statutory Holiday pay and Sick Leave Pay.
It is the goal of GWNFA and its members to mitigate job losses if at all possible, and as a result, franchisees have been forced to take steps to protect their businesses in this new fiscal reality brought on by these substantial labour cost increases.
GWNFA had hoped that RBI/TDL would lend support to the franchisees in the chain by lowering food & paper costs, reducing couponing and raising menu board prices to help offset these significant increased costs at store level. While other competitors have received concessions from their franchisors, unfortunately our chain has not. Many of our store owners are left no alternative but to implement cost saving measures in order to survive.
Board of Directors,
Great White North Franchisee Association.