For those businesses that can afford to offer what is called a Living Wage, all the more power to them, but it can't be an across-the-board solution.
That from the prairie spokesperson with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business in reaction to the announcement from Living Wage YXE that an architecture and interior design firm has been certified as a Living Wage Employer. Marilyn Braun-Pollon says minimum wage is $10.72 an hour and the living wage for Saskatoon is estimated at $16.19 an hour, which would be a more than 50 per cent increase in labour costs for business owners. Braun-Pollon believes for some small businesses, the only way to recoup would be to lay off staff or pass on the cost to customers and clients. Instead, she believes providing additional income tax relief for lower end earners and training opportunities is a more workable solution. There are 8 certified Living Wage Employers in Saskatoon.