More money will flow into the pockets of Manitoba’s minimum wage workers once the province increases the hourly earning rate on October 1.
The province announced Thursday an additional 30 cents per hour will take effect October 1, bringing the minimum wage up to $11.65 an hour.
“We are providing predictable and sustainable increases to Manitoba’s minimum wage, which achieves the right balance benefitting both employees and employers,” said Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen.
“Based on Manitoba’s Consumer Price Index for 2018, the minimum wage increase will help our economy continue to attract new investment and participation in the workforce.”
The adjustment is based on Manitoba’s 2018 inflation rate of 2.5 percent and rounding up to the nearest five cents.
Manitoba currently has the second-lowest minimum wage on the prairies. Alberta workers earn $15/hour, while our neighbours to the immediate west earn $11.06 in Saskatchewan.