Recent changes to the minimum wage are expected to have a big impact on the taxi industry locally.
In North Bay, taxi companies are regulated by the North Bay Police Services Board and it's scheduled a town hall meeting to get input on the impact.
The public and taxi industry representatives will be invited to discuss proposed changes to the taxi bylaw.
The Traffic Section is responsible for the administration of taxi licence applications, testing, and inspections, as well as the issuing of taxi photo identification, taxi licence cards, taxi tariff cards and enforcement.
Effective January 1, Ontario’s Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, increased the minimum wage from $11.60 to $14 an hour for most employees, and a future increase to $15 an hour on January 1, 2019 followed by annual increases at the rate of inflation.
"The goal of this meeting is to have an open, engaging and informational discussion about the impact new provincial legislation has had on the taxi owners and brokers and possible rate increases," said Dennis O’Connor, Chair of the North Bay Police Services Board.
"Any decisions regarding the proposed changes will be communicated at a later date."
Should you wish to make a presentation at the meeting provide your submission in writing to S/Sgt. Rick Dubeau at police headquarters, or submit electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org before January 19, at 4 p.m.
The meeting is planned for Monday, January 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the North Bay Police Headquarters, Lower Lecture Room, 135 Princess Street West.