Three provinces have raised minimum wage from today

Workers in three Canadian provinces are entitled to a higher minimum wage from today (Oct 1, 2018).

Albert’s $15.00 per hour is now the highest in the country, rising from $13.60. Based on a 40-hour week, someone making the increased minimum wage will earn $2,912 more per year.

“Every hard-working Albertan deserves to be paid fairly. The $15 minimum wage will make life more affordable for women, single parents, families and everyone who has been working a full-time job or more but is still struggling to put food on the table and pay their rent. I’m proud that we are delivering on our commitment to everyday Albertan families,” said Christina Gray, Minister of Labour.

Manitoba’s rate has increased to $11.35, an increase of 20 cents.

“We remain committed to indexing Manitoba’s minimum wage with the rate of inflation in a predictable and sustainable way,” said Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen.

Although Saskatchewan has the smallest rise of the three - 10 cents per hour, taking the minimum wage to $11.06 - Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan says the government has a solid history of increases and tax benefits.

“Since 2011, we have been able to provide predictable annual minimum wage increases, allowing employers and employees to prepare and plan for change,” Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan said. “Saskatchewan also has a low personal income tax rate and Low Income Tax Credit, helping low income earners keep more money in their pockets.”


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