The vice president of an Ontario ice cream company said the decision to make its $2 per hour pandemic pay raise permanent was “the right thing to do.”
“You don’t want to get into a position where, as an employer and as a leader, you’re taking something away from your employees,” Ashley Chapman, the vice president of Chapman’s Ice Cream, said in an interview.
“There are so many expenses that people have been confronted with. We just want our employees to be okay throughout all this.”
The Markdale, Ont.-based company had first introduced a $2 per hour pay bump for its 750 production and distribution employees in mid-March, when the coronavirus pandemic prompted government-imposed lockdowns on non-essential businesses. Last week, the company decided to make that pay raise permanent, increasing the starting wage at the manufacturing facility to