Ottawa ice cream shop raises price to pay employees living wage
If you bought a pint of ice cream at Moo Shu, you might have noticed a spike in prices.
A pint at the famous Bank Street ice cream parlor has gone from $12 to $15.
Owner Liz Mok points to inflation rates and rising ingredient costs.
“Small businesses and workers feel the same pressure. We couldn’t budget our way out.
The store also recently pledged to provide employees with a living wage, offering $18.60 an hour. This number is based on the Ontario Living Wage Network calculation.
It’s an income he says is better suited amid the escalating cost of food, clothing, housing, transportation, childcare, medical care, entertainment and more. .
“Income doesn’t keep up with the cost of living, and you can’t get away with pizza,” Mok said.
This increase means the customer pays a few extra dollars for a scoop of ice cream to make up the difference.
“I would pay a little more to know that people are seeing their pay rise,” said one client.
“We live here, we work here, and making sure others can do the same is part of the importance of that,” said another.
The minimum wage in Ontario is currently $15 an hour, which some employees say is not enough. And that extra $3.60 goes a long way.
“For a lot of people, that means the difference between being able to save and just being able to get by,” said Moo Shu employee Laura Stevens-Dagg.
Mok said she would like to see more companies do the same, to help workers who have been hit hard over the past two years.
“Wages still need to go up, it’s so obvious at this point that people, no matter how much they like to work in a place if they don’t get paid enough to live on, how can you justify someone stay in this career, in this industry?