Human Resources, Labour and Employment
March 28, 2008

Minimum Wage Increases to $8 Per Hour

The Provincial Government advises employers and workers that effective April 1, 2008, the minimum wage for provincially regulated workplaces is increasing from $7.50 to $8 per hour.

Since 2005, the minimum wage has increased from $6 to $8 per hour. This 33 per cent increase maintains a minimum wage at a comparable rate with other jurisdictions in Atlantic Canada.

"Our government�s Blueprint commits to plan for future increases in the minimum wage in a predictable and incremental manner with a view to achieving a minimum wage of $10 per hour by 2010. This winter, as part of the review of the minimum wage, government sought and received public and stakeholder input from throughout the province to help move this process forward," said the Honourable Shawn Skinner, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and Employment.


Media contact:

Ed Moriarity
Director of Communications
Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment
709-729-4062, 728-9623 

2008 03 28                                                     1:50 p.m.

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