In Manitoba, the provincial government is set to raise the minimum wage to $15.30 in October, in accordance with an inflation-tied formula. This notable increase to the current rate of $11.65 is predicated on the Consumer Price Index, which is a measure of inflation.
The move was revealed by Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, and it is part of a larger plan to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by 2021. This new rate will be the highest in Canada, and it will help to alleviate the financial burden faced by many Manitobans.
The legislation governing the increase is known as The Minimum Wage Indexation Act, and it states that the province’s minimum wage must be tied to the Consumer Price Index. This means that the minimum wage rate will be adjusted annually to keep pace with inflation.
It is important to note that the new rate of $15.30 per hour is still below the ‘living wage’ as calculated by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. The ‘living wage’ for Manitoba is estimated to be $17.12 per hour.
Furthermore, the new rate does not apply to all workers, as certain occupations such as farm workers, servers and liquor servers are excluded from the legislation.
In a statement, Premier Pallister acknowledged the need for a fair wage for workers in Manitoba, and stated that the new rate will help to protect the province’s most vulnerable citizens.
The new minimum wage rate of $15.30 in Manitoba is set to take effect in October, and it will be adjusted annually in accordance with the Consumer Price Index. The move is part of a larger plan to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour by 2021, and it is expected to help alleviate the financial burden faced by many workers in the province.