More needed to help small business grow and create jobs

TORONTO – Green Party of Ontario Leader Mike Schreiner says the Liberal government’s corporate tax cut isn’t enough to help small businesses cope with the rapidly rising cost of paying workers a living wage, and will do nothing to help them grow and create jobs.

“Cutting the corporate tax rate helps businesses maximize their profits, even if they do that by cutting jobs,” said Schreiner. “It’s obvious that neither Finance Minister Charles Sousa nor Premier Kathleen Wynne have ever operated a small business or a non-profit given their approach on this issue.”

The GPO plan to raise the exemption level for the Employer Health Tax from $450,000 to $1,000,000 in payroll would automatically and immediately benefit small businesses and non-profits to lower their labour costs. They wouldn’t have to fill out paperwork to apply or wait until they file their taxes. The GPO plan would not create a disincentive for small businesses to grow. It would create an incentive for them to create more jobs that pay better.

“Payroll tax reductions help small businesses by immediately lowering labour costs, improving their monthly cash flow and creating incentives to create jobs, ” said Schreiner. “Lower labour costs help businesses create more jobs and better-paying jobs.”

The GPO supports the planned increases in the minimum wage, but would also like to see increases in social assistance rates to help the most vulnerable in Ontario.

“Both policies would inject more money into local economies, benefitting local businesses and communities,” said Schreiner. “We are the only party advocating for a balanced approach, supporting a decent living wage for workers and lower payroll taxes for their employers.”

Real People, Real Solutions – Stack Brewing

Real People, Real Solutions is a series of interviews with people who are making a difference in communities across Ontario. Hosted by GPO leader Mike Schreiner.

In recent years, the GPO has lead the fight to liberate local beer in Ontario. Liberating local beer helps create more local jobs and gives consumers easier access to the unique and tasty products from our craft brewers. In this episode, Mike talks to Michael Guillemette, Head Brewer at Stack Brewery, about how they have grown their business, and what the government can help do to further support Ontario’s craft brewers and their products.

Ontario’s craft brewers deserve fair access to the marketplace. We strongly believe allowing local brewers to open their own stores will create a fair playing field, foster local jobs in the craft brewing industry, and offer more choice to consumers. The government has taken some steps to do this, but more action is needed. We also strongly urge the government to adopt a model that supports local businesses for other regulated products such as Cannabis, as well.

About Stack Brewing
Stack Brewing officially opened its doors to the Sudbury community in June of 2013. Since then, Stack has won several provincial and national awards from the Ontario Brewing Awards and the Canadian Brewing Awards. Our brewery has gone through many expansions to meet the high demand for quality craft beer in Northern Ontario and has recently started to distribute product throughout Ontario.

With beers like Shatter Cone, La Cloche, Nickel City, Saturday Night, Panache and Valley Girl, it’s clear to see the branding represents everything that makes Northern Ontario cool, quirky, and unique. Check out Stack Brewery’s products on tap at your favourite pub, on the shelf at your local LCBO, Beer Store, and grocery store or visit the brewery at 1350 Kelly Lake Road in Sudbury.
https://www.stackbrewing.ca/