Effective tomorrow (Wednesday, July 1), the provincial minimum wage
will increase by 50 cents to $9.00 per hour. The increase represents
another important step by the Provincial Government toward meeting its
commitment of achieving a minimum wage of $10 per hour by 2010.
"Increasing the minimum wage is a key initiative for the Provincial
Government," said the Honourable Susan Sullivan, Minister of Human
Resources, Labour and Employment. "A minimum wage of $10 per hour helps
support increased self-reliance of people throughout Newfoundland and
The Provincial Government will continue to increase the minimum wage
for provincially-regulated workplaces by 50-cent increments at regular
six-month intervals until the target wage of $10 per hour is reached on
July 1, 2010. This implementation plan reflects a balanced approach that
achieves the Provincial Government�s commitment while recognizing the
need for employers to have time to prepare for the increases. The next
scheduled increase will take effect on January 1, 2010.
Increasing earned incomes is one of the goals of the Poverty
Reduction Strategy. This strategy was developed with broad community
input to meet the Provincial Government�s commitment to make
Newfoundland and Labrador the province with the lowest level of poverty
in Canada by 2014. Budget 2009: Building on Our Strong Foundation
allocated $132.2 million to invest in new initiatives to prevent, reduce
and alleviate poverty.
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Director of Communications
Department of Human Resources, Labour and Employment
2009 06 30 10:25 a.m.