News release

Minimum Wage Increasing April 1

Nova Scotia's minimum wage will continue to increase in line with the cost of living.

The province accepted the Minimum Wage Review Committee's recommendation to increase the minimum wage by 10 cents an hour, to $10.40 an hour on April 1.

The hourly wage for someone with less than three months' experience is also increasing by 10 cents an hour, to $9.90.

Minimum wage rates are adjusted annually, and are based on the previous year's national Consumer Price Index.

"A couple of years ago, the Minimum Wage Review Committee recommended scheduled increases that would add predictability and stability for minimum wage adjustments, and it's working," said Steven MacPherson, general manager at Jack Astor's restaurant in Halifax and a member of the Minimum Wage Review Committee. "Linking minimum wage increases to the cost of living is fair for employees and employers, and helps business owners plan ahead."

Nova Scotia has the fourth highest minimum wage rate in the country, behind Nunavut, the Yukon, and Manitoba. Once Ontario's planned increase takes effect in June, Nova Scotia's minimum wage will be fifth highest.

The Minimum Wage Review Committee, which includes employee and employer representatives, filed its report with the Minister on Jan. 2. The report is online at www.novascotia.ca/lae/pubs .

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Nova Scotia's minimum wage will continue to increase in line with the cost of living.

The hourly rate will rise to ten dollars and forty cents on April 1.

People with less than three months' experience will see their hourly wage go up to nine dollars and ninety cents.

Minimum wage rates are adjusted annually, and are based on the previous year's national Consumer Price Index.

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