Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
December 18, 2019

Provincial Government Provides Extension to Minimum Wage Review Committee

The Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore, Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour, today announced that following a request from the Minimum Wage Review Committee for additional time to complete its work, the deadline to submit the committee’s report has been extended to January 17, 2020.

Committee members Stephen R. Tessier (chairperson), Allison Doyle (employee representative), and Brenda O’Reilly (employer representative) began work following their appointment in October 2019.

The committee has been actively soliciting targeted stakeholder input to report to the Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour with observations, findings and recommendations on the current adjustment process for setting the minimum wage and the wage rate.

An online questionnaire posted on EngageNL to provide input into the current review of the minimum wage received 1,540 responses.

In 2018, the Provincial Government amended the Labour Standards Regulations to set the minimum wage to be increased based on changes to the National Consumer Price Index.

Section 30 of the Labour Standards Act provides for a review of the minimum wage every two years. The most recent regulatory change regarding the minimum wage came into force on April 1, 2018, which means that the next review should occur prior to April 1, 2020.

“I appreciate the committee’s commitment towards this very important matter, especially given that the roles of members are voluntary. I have full confidence that they will bring forward the perspectives of employees and employers as well as consult on this important matter. This extension will ensure the committee has sufficient time to consider all of the data collected to date, and consider any other meeting requests of the stakeholders as per the terms of reference.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour

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