June 12, 2017
The provincial government has released a summary report of feedback received through a series of public consultations and online submission on minimum wage.
Minimum wage increased 25 cents to $10.75 in April and is expected to go to $11 come October 1. That will bring this province in-line with the rest of Atlantic Canada.
The NDP meanwhile says minimum wage workers will be “stuck in poverty forever” if the province uses the current minimum wage level to “establish an appropriate baseline for future indexed increases.”
Leader Earle McCurdy says the consultations and report don’t address the reality of the purchasing power lost since 2010 with skyrocketing prices on even basic food items.
He says $15 an hour minimum wage is becoming a reality in other Canadian provinces and American cities.