News release

Minimum Wage Increases Sunday, Oct. 1

Nova Scotia's minimum wage is going up on Sunday, Oct. 1. The hike is the second of three, said Labour Minister Angus MacIsaac.

The increase of 10 cents an hour raises the rate to $5.70 an hour. This is the second of three rate increases of 10 cents. The rate will increase again, to $5.80, on Oct. 1, 2001.

The minimum wage for inexperienced workers is also increasing by 10 cents an hour to $5.25 an hour. On Oct. 1, 2001, the minimum wage for inexperienced workers will increase another 10 cents an hour to $5.35 an hour.

The changes affect about 21,000 Nova Scotians who are employees under the Labour Standards Code and are not members of a labour union.

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Nova Scotia's minimum wage is going up.

This is the second of three 10-cent increases and brings the minimum wage to five-dollars-and-70-cents an hour.

There'll also be a 10-cent increase on October 1st, 2001.

The change affects about 21-thousand workers.

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Contact:

Steve Warburton
Department of Labour 902-424-2575 Cell: 902-430-0641 E-mail:
nwc                      September 29, 2000 2:09 pm