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October 7, 2005
For immediate release

Minimum Wage Increase

Community and Cultural Affairs

Effective April 1, 2006, the minimum wage in Prince Edward Island will increase from $6.80 to $7.15. The Honourable Elmer MacFadyen, Minister responsible for Labour, today announced that Executive Council has approved the recommendation of the Employment Standards Board to increase the minimum wage in Prince Edward Island.

“Government is striving to balance the needs of wage earners with the needs of businesses to remain competitive in the marketplace,” said Minister MacFadyen. “I have asked the employment standards review committee to examine the Employment Standards Act and in so doing to take into consideration legislation currently in place in other provinces and report back to government by the end of the year.”

Government strives to ensure minimum wages are competitive in the Atlantic region and the province remains an attractive environment to invest in and do business. This increase also places PEI well in line with the minimum wage rates throughout Atlantic Canada.

Media Contact: Jennifer MacLeod
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