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Reactions in the Capital to Minimum Wage Increase

Thousands of Ontario workers are now looking forward to a raise, since the minimum wage will go up to $11 per hour in June. But some small business owners say they will have to pass the cost along to you, the customer.

Ron Spirito owns the Southern Cross Grill in downtown Ottawa, and employs 19 people. He tells CTV Ottawa the increase translates into $12,500 in new costs for his restaurant, and he can't afford to take the hit.

Poverty advocates have been pushing for a minimum wage of $14 per hour. Leilani Farha, executive director of Canada Without Poverty, says it will do very little to lift people out of poverty.

Labour Minister Yasir Naqvi says the hike is part of establishing a "transparent, fair and responsible method" of setting minimum wage.

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