Ontario minimum-wage hike could cost more than 50,000 jobs: watchdog | The Globe and Mail

Asked how businesses could prepare, Flynn suggested they will have to find ways to absorb the increase.

“Well, I think they could look at pricing, obviously that’s one thing that obviously any business would do,” he said.

Progressive Conservative Leader Patrick Brown said those comments can only mean one thing; the government expects businesses will pass on the wage increase to consumers.

“It just shows how out of touch this government is,” Brown said. “They think you can just raise the prices on everything. Families are struggling right now to afford their hydro bills.”

Brown said he supports the minimum wage increase but would like to see it phased in over a longer period of time.

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