Centennial Talks Minimum Wage

Centennial Talks Minimum Wage
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By Alice Chen

The Ontario government has recently announced its plans to raise the province’s minimum wage. Specifically, it jumped from $11.60 to $14 on Jan. 1, 2018 and will rise to $15 on the same date in 2019.

Many are lauding the move as a smart decision that will benefit Ontario’s minimum wage workers in the long run.

But, others argue that the changes could be too expensive for businesses, raising costs and ultimately hurting the people it intends to help.

So, what do Centennial College students think about such a complicated financial situation? Find out below.

Irene Bivkina, Second-Year Digital/Visual Effects, Story Arts Centre

I have my doubts about it. On the one hand it’s obvious to me it’s positive, because yes it’s higher, I’m going to get more money, but from another point of view about it some people like employers, they don’t know how to increase this minimum range, for example they don’t earn enough money to increase for everybody and it will bring some terrible news for them.

Eston Chan, Second-Year Paramedic Student, Morningside Campus

I feel like you should get a very low wage for a very low [job] or lack of skills. What it does, a lot of people like to point to the big corporate, okay, fine this minimum wage hike, in the long run, doesn’t really mess up any corporate or big-time companies, it really messes up small-time companies that are trying to get big…People at McDonald’s making 15 bucks an hour shouldn’t be making the same as somebody in a more dangerous job that makes 20-something per hour. You have no schooling or education for your skill.

Nisha, Hotel Management Operations, Progress Campus

It’s good for students only, citizens who are getting paid at 15, 16 dollars are not getting anything more, so they are stuck.

Tina Adamopoulos, Second-Year Journalism Student, Story Arts Centre

I don’t think about the teenagers that are working minimum wage as a starting job, I think about the people who have just come here that are trying to support families and can do nothing but a minimum wage job and [they have to] provide a comfortable home on that salary.

Yug Rao, Second-Year Paramedic Student, Morningside Campus

I know quite a few friends who own small businesses and stuff, they’re already wondering what they’re going to do about this how they’re going to compensate for this and stuff like that…I say it’s 50/50. Really can’t tell what’s going on with that but I say it’s 50/50 for people who are going to have their job and it’s going to increase by $3, it’s a good thing for them, but for people who are going to lose their job I don’t know about that.

Jeff Parsons, Part-Time Business Instructor, Progress Campus

A lot of people feel that it’s going to render the country uncompetitive as a result of (the) minimum wage. I am not convinced that is indeed the case and I think there is a case for minimum wage out there…It’s the companies that employ a lot of people at minimum wage so they’re concerned about their corporate cost structure, but if you legislate this across the country then it would seem to me that those companies will be competing on a similar basis.

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