News release

Minimum Wage Increasing April 1

Nova Scotia's minimum wage is increasing April 1 to keep pace with the cost of living.

Government accepted the Minimum Wage Review Committee's recommendation to increase the minimum wage by 15 cents, to $10.85 an hour. The minimum wage for someone who has less than three months' experience will also increase by 15 cents an hour, to $10.35.

Nova Scotia's minimum wage rates are reviewed annually, and adjusted based on the previous year's national Consumer Price Index.

The Minimum Wage Review Committee, which includes employee and employer representatives, filed its report with the minister of Labour and Advanced Education on Jan. 3. The report is online at <a HREF="HTTP://www.novascotia.ca/lae/pubs"> www.novascotia.ca/lae/pubs</A>.

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Nova Scotia's minimum wage is increasing in line with the cost of living. The hourly rate will rise to ten dollars and eighty-five cents on April 1st.

People with less than three months' experience will see their hourly wage go up to ten dollars and thirty-five cents.

Nova Scotia's minimum wage rates are reviewed annually, and adjusted based on the previous year's national Consumer Price Index.

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