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Minister Accepts Minimum Wage Increase Recommendations

Nova Scotia’s minimum wage rate will rise to $11.55 on April 1.

Today, Jan. 8, Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis announced he has accepted the recommendations of the Minimum Wage Review Committee to increase the rate and update the calculation to set the rate for the next three years.

Based on the committee’s review, the calculation to set minimum wage at Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut Off threshold has been updated to accurately reflect an average work week for full-time employees. The updated calculation is based on a 37-hour work week, the previous calculation was based on a 40-hour work week.

The committee recommends the minimum wage increase by about 55 cents each year. This is calculated based on a 30 cent increase plus inflation, which is projected to be 25 cents over the next three years. The minimum wage is also expected to rise to about $12.10 in April 2020 and $12.65 in April 2021. Starting April 1, 2022, the rate will be adjusted annually with inflation. The department will use the Bank of Canada’s Consumer Price Index.

“The minimum wage rate affects the lives of many workers and businesses,” said Mr. Kousoulis. “This increase will help minimum wage earners and their families, and it provides businesses a three-year outlook so they can plan.

“I thank the Minimum Wage Review Committee for recommending a solution that supports both interests.”

The committee includes employee and employer representatives.

For a copy of The Nova Scotia Minimum Wage Review Committee Report visit https://novascotia.ca/lae/pubs/.

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Nova Scotia’s minimum wage rate will rise to 11-dollars- and-55-cents on April 1.

Labour and Advanced Education Minister Labi Kousoulis accepted the recommendations of the Minimum Wage Review Committee to increase the rate and update the calculation to set the rate for the next three years.

The committee recommended the minimum wage increase by approximately 55-cents each year for the next three years. Then starting on April 1st, 20-22, the rate be adjusted annually with inflation.

Mr. Kousoulis said the increase will help minimum wage earners and their families and provides businesses with a three- year outlook so they can plan.

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