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September 30, 2009
For immediate release

Minimum Wage Increases October 1

Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour

In March of 2009, Executive Council approved a recommendation from the Employment Standards Board to implement a 40 cent increase to minimum wage through a two-stage approach. Hon. Carolyn Bertram, Minister of Communities, Cultural Affairs and Labour is pleased to remind Islanders that the final stage of this approach will be effective October 1, 2009, when minimum wage will increase to $8.40.

“This second phase of the wage increase will support working Islanders and families across our province,” said Minister Bertram. “By phasing in the minimum wage increase, we have provided predictable earnings for employees, while allowing time for employers to incorporate the salary adjustments into their payroll budgets.”

The Employment Standards Board - which is made up of representatives of employers and employees, with a neutral chairperson - meets to review the Minimum Wage Order and make recommendations to government. The Board considers the social and economic effects of the minimum wage rates in the province, cost of living increases, current economic conditions, and the minimum wages in neighbouring provinces.

About 58,000 Island employees are covered by the Employment Standards Act (not working under a collective agreement), of which approximately 2,000 earn minimum wage.

Media Contact: Autumn Tremere
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