Effective July 1, 2010, the provincial
minimum wage will increase by 50 cents to $10.00 per hour. This increase
represents the final step of the Provincial Government's 2007 Blueprint
commitment of achieving a minimum wage of $10 per hour by 2010.
"This increase is another way the Williams Government is improving
the quality of life of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians and making our
province more competitive with respect to attracting talent," said the
Honourable Susan Sullivan, Minister of Human Resources, Labour and
Employment. "With this 50 cent increase, Newfoundland and Labrador will
have the second highest provincial minimum wage in the country, behind
The current series of increases began on January 1, 2009, with
minimum wage increasing by 50 cent increments every six months. This
approach to carrying out the increases balanced the desire to raise the
minimum wage with employers' ability to prepare for the increases.
As of July 1, 2010 the minimum wage will have increased by
approximately 67 per cent over a five-year period.
As with previous changes to the minimum wage, any future changes will
be considered in collaboration with employers and workers. Legislation
requires that the provincial minimum wage be reviewed every two years
from the latest change.
"The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour is pleased to see
that the Provincial Government has met its commitment and implemented
its proposed increases to the minimum wage," said Lana Payne, President
of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour. "As the voice of
labour within the province, our federation understands the importance of
improving earned incomes. These increases have certainly helped, along
with other measures, to improve the well being of low-waged workers in
our province. There is no doubt that thousands of workers and their
families have benefited and our federation looks forward to
collaborating in future with government on other initiatives to help
lower- income earners."
Minimum wage increases are complementary to the Provincial
Government's efforts to reduce poverty in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Through the Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Provincial Government is
working towards transforming Newfoundland and Labrador from being a
province with one of the highest poverty rates in Canada to being the
one with the lowest.
"Increases to the minimum wage rate play a key role in advancing our
government's Poverty Reduction Strategy," added Minister Sullivan.
"Increasing the minimum wage helps individuals and families achieve
increased self-reliance and contributes to a stronger provincial
economy. Reducing poverty aims to balance opportunity for all."