MB Government: Province Announces Increase to Minimum Wage on Oct. 1
April 11, 2018
Improving Wages for Working Manitobans, Ensuring Predictability for Businesses that Create Jobs: Pedersen
The Manitoba government is improving wages for working Manitobans and increasing the minimum wage on Oct. 1, 2018, Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today.
“Our commitment is to provide sustainable and predictable increases to Manitoba’s minimum wage,” said Pedersen. “Last year we passed legislation to index minimum wage with the rate of inflation through a fully transparent formula. We are improving wages for working Manitobans and providing predictability for businesses that create jobs and generate growth in our economy.”
Pedersen noted the increase of 20 cents per hour will raise the current minimum wage to $11.35 from $11.15 and ensure that Manitoba remains competitive with other provinces. This adjustment is based on Manitoba’s 2017 inflation rate of 1.6 per cent, and rounding up to the nearest five cents.
Amendments were made to the Employment Standards Code in 2017 that provide a consistent and predictable way of indexing Manitoba’s minimum wage based on the change in the previous calendar year’s Consumer Price Index, Pedersen noted.
Information on the minimum wage and other employment standards is available at www.gov.mb.ca/labour/standards.
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