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CAN (ON): Fall economic statement brings mixed bag for agriculture
The province confirmed its intention to increase the minimum wage to $14 per hour on January 1, 2018 and $15 per hour in 2019. OFA is extremely disappointed in the government’s decisions to clearly not consider the impact this swift shift will have on farmers and small businesses across the province. The province did announce additional support for the horticulture sector as one of the commodities that will be hardest hit by increases to minimum wage – committing $60 million over a two-year period through the Self-Directed Risk Management (SDRM) program.
Municipalities have been given the flexibility to determine how small-scale, on-farm processing activities are assessed for the value-added property tax. The change could be good news for value added and commercial farm operations, now that municipalities can tax the first $50,000 of assessed value on “qualifying” operations at a rate that’s 75% lower than the commercial or industrial tax rate that currently applies.
“The government has heard from the farm community that the minimum wage increases were too much, too soon and they have responded for the fruit and vegetable sector,” says OFA President Keith Currie. “They have also heard OFA’s message of providing property tax relief for on-farm value added activities.”
Ontario’s small business corporate tax will be reduced, as previously announced, from 4.5% to 3.5%. Coupled with the announcement that the federal small business tax rate will drop from 10.5% to 9% by 2019, incorporated farm businesses (representing about 25% of all farm businesses) will be able to reinvest additional after-tax dollars to expand their business.
The Ontario government also announced $124 million over three years to support jobs for youth, defined as ages 15 to 29. An employer with less than 100 employees, including farm operations, could receive a $1,000 incentive for hiring a young worker, and $1,000 for retaining that worker for six months.
“We will continue to push for legislation and programs that will build prosperity for all Ontarians, including our farms and rural communities,” says Currie. “We’ll be focusing our messaging in the lead up to next spring’s provincial election on the issues that will have significant impact on the long-term, overall health of the Ontario economy. And our agri-food sector is at the top of that list.”
For more information:
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