A new survey has found a whopping 35 per cent of Alberta restaurants are considering closing their doors as a result of changes to the provincial labour legislation made by Rachel Notley’s NDP.
This is the result of Alberta’s minimum wage increasing from $10.20 to $15 an hour in October of 2018.
The staggering numbers also indicate that 94 per cent of restaurants raised menu prices.
88 per cent of respondents admitted to
decreasing staff hours, 61 per cent hired fewer youth for entry-level
positions, and 26 per cent have explored self-service solutions like
touch pads and kiosks.
Nearly half of respondents at 46 per cent said they laid off staff to cut costs and keep their doors open.
“When restaurants struggle, so do the communities they serve,” said Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Western Canada.
“With a provincial election coming up on April 16, we look forward to hearing how each of Alberta’s political parties plan to help foodservice businesses survive and thrive.”
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