Fruit and vegetable farmers worried about $15 minimum wage

By CFRA News, July 10, 2017

The cost of produce at your local farmers market could soon be going up.

Some Ontario fruit and vegetable farmers say the price of their produce could rise as much as 12 per cent when the government raises minimum wage in the province to $15 dollars come January 1st, 2019.

Miller's Bay Farm in Smiths Falls employs anywhere from 20 to 25 people during the Spring and Summer and by law, every employee must be paid at least minimum wage. Owner Shannon Miller said increasing salaries from $11.40 to $15 dollars will come at a significant cost.

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