This summer, the Government of Ontario will follow Alberta by proposing a minimum wage increase to $15 per hour. This will put growing pressure on other provinces to follow suit. In order to prepare for consultation with governments, the WCSA has developed this survey to find out  how such an increase would affect your business.

Thank you for taking time to participate.

Your individual survey answers will be kept confidential and aggregated in order to provide the government with an understanding of the impact an increase in the minimum wage would have on convenience stores in Western Canada.

* 1. What best describes your business?

* 2. In which province(s) or territories are you located?

* 3. How many staff do you employ?

* 4. Whether through layoffs or cancellation of planned hiring, how many fewer employees (staff or FTE) do you expect an increased minimum wage would mean for your business in the year following the increase?

* 5. Whether through layoffs or cancellation of planned hiring, how many fewer student employees (staff or FTE) do you expect an increased minimum wage would mean for your business in the year following the increase?

* 6. Do you anticipate a minimum wage increase to $15/hr would increase the price of your products, including staples like bread, milk, fresh produce, or prepared foods (salads, sandwiches, etc)?

* 7. If or when the minimum wage is increased to $15/hr, what do you anticipate the total cost would be to your organization each year?

* 8. How would you describe your outlook on continuing to do business following an increase to the minimum wage?

* 9. Do you have any other comments that you would like to share?

Thank you for participating in this survey. Your answers will be kept confidential and aggregated in order to provide the government with an understanding of the impact that an increase in the minimum wage would have on your business.

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