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Ottawa Chamber of Commerce pleased with minimum wage hike

Ontario's lowest-paid workers will soon be getting another 75 cents an hour and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce believes its businesses can live with that.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Thursday morning the province's minimum wage will be going up to $11 an hour from $10.25, starting June 1.

Ian Farris, the president and CEO of the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce, says the $14 an hour rate recommended by a provincial advisory panel would have been catastrophic to businesses.

"I think it was a 36 per cent increase in the minimum wage and there's just no way that those sectors that use a minimum wage for their workers could handle that," he tells CFRA.

Future increases will be tied to the consumer price index.

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