Minimum wage going up June 1

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Minimum wage on P.E.I. will increase on to $10.20 an hour, June 1.

There will be another increase on Oct. 1, to $10.35 an hour.

The provincial cabinet approved the new rates based on an annual review and recommendation by the Employment Standards Board. 

Environment, Labour and Justice Minister Janice Sherry, who announced the changes today, said the new rates address the interests of employers and employees.

“The increase reflects a stronger and more buoyant economy and greater confidence in our prospects as a province.”

The current minimum wage of $10 an hour has been in effect since April 2012.

Currently the minimum wage in New Brunswick is $10 an hour, and Nova Scotia is $10.40 for experienced workers, and $9.90 for those lacking experience. Newfoundland and Labrador’s minimum wage will be raised to $10.25, on Oct. 1.

 

Organizations: Employment Standards Board

Geographic location: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Reality Sucks
    April 11, 2014 - 16:52

    Who can live in this amount? Workers deserve better wages. A living wage for a family to survive is no where near $10.20. People working currently for minimum wage will see and increase of $312 a year. The rich are still getting richer and richer. Workers deserve better. People before profits.

    • ThatGuy
      April 14, 2014 - 08:13

      I agree minimum wage should be closer to $15/hr to ensure people can support themselves and their families. That said, I hope everyone can appreciate the impact it would have on our lives. Based on 6 staff working a 40hr week, a MW increase of $10->$15/hr would add $62.4k/yr to your operating costs. That gets passed on to the consumer (you and me). Prices at Tims go up, prices at Superstore go up, etc.