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Children of Tim Hortons founders cut employee benefits due to Ontario minimum wage hike

January 8, 2018

Now that the increase to Ontario’s minimum wage has arrived, the owners of a Tim Hortons in Cobourg, Ont., are drawing criticism for their cost-cutting measures.

A photo posted to Facebook by a customer shows a letter he says was handed out to staff that states that paid breaks are being eliminated as well as a number of other incentives and cuts to employee benefits.

“These changes are due to the increase of wages to $14.00 minimum wage on January 1, 2018, then $15.00 per hour on January 1, 2019, as well as the lack of assistance and financial help from our Head Office and from the Government,” the letter states.

It also states that health and dental benefits, which used to be covered 100 per cent, will be reduced to only 50 per cent coverage for employees that have worked there longer than five years, and less for those who haven’t.

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