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08/16/2021

Chipotle Increases Minimum Wage in Canada

Chipotle Mexican Grill is increasing restaurant wages in Canada resulting in a $15 CAD minimum hourly rate in Ontario restaurants and $16 CAD minimum hourly rate in British Columbia restaurants.
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Chipotle Mexican Grill is increasing restaurant wages in Canada resulting in a $15 CAD minimum hourly rate in Ontario restaurants and $16 CAD minimum hourly rate in British Columbia restaurants.

In addition to best-in-class benefits and a competitive hourly rate, Chipotle's crew members can advance to a Restaurateur, the highest General Manager position, in as little as three and a half years, with an average compensation of more than $100,000 CAD while leading a multi-million-dollar growing business. 

Help Wanted Everywhere

Chipotle is among the hospitality brands trying to reel in employees here in the US and in Canada. The brand recently took to TikTok Resumes to Recruit for Workforce.

Papa John’s International Inc. announced new hiring, referral and appreciation bonuses for its 14,000 front-line team members in the company’s corporate restaurants and supply chainTaco Bell launched a hiring spree to hire 5,000 employees in one day. These moves come as most restaurant operators say that their current staffing levels are below normal. Some believe low wages are driving away restaurant staffOthers blame the extension in unemployment benefits. According to a recent report from JobList, hospitality workers are transitioning out of the industry in search of a different work setting (52%), higher pay (45%), better benefits (29%), and more schedule flexibility (19%).

The wage increases for new and existing crew members and hourly managers in Canada officially go into effect on August 16.The brand will also offer $0 delivery for guests in Canada via the Chipotle app and Chipotle.ca through August 29.

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In an added effort to boost its recruiting efforts in the region, Chipotle recently introduced a $200 CAD referral bonus for employees who refer a crew member and a $750 CAD referral bonus for employees who refer an Apprentice or General Manager in Canada.