NB minimum wage increases to $13.75 per hour

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The NB minimum wage increases to $13.75 per hour

The 2022 minimum wage increases in New Brunswick are expected to affect 15,500 minimum wage workers and another 30,000 who earn more than the previous minimum wage, but less than $13.75 per hour.

New Brunswick's minimum wage increased by $1 to $13.75 on Saturday, making it the highest minimum hourly wage in Atlantic Canada.< /p>

This is the second $1 increase this year, following the one in April.

But with other Atlantic provinces planning to increase their minimum wage more than a time in the next two years, New Brunswick's highest minimum hourly rate title may not last long.

The decision to raise the minimum wage in New Brunswick comes after Trevor Holder, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, called the province's minimum wage downright embarrassing.

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Trevor Holder, Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour.

At the time, the minimum wage was $11.75 and it was the lowest in the country.

Even with the adjustment, this is still less than the living wage calculated by the Human Development Council, an organization that focuses on social issues in New Brunswick.

The Council calculated that the living wage would rise from $17.50 per hour in Bathurst to $21.20 in Fredericton when factoring in things like housing, necessities and daycare.

The other Atlantic provinces plan to increase their rates throughout the year.

In Nova Scotia, the rate went from $13.35 to $13.60 on Saturday and will increase to $14.30 in April. October 2023 will result in an increase of 35 cents for the province, followed by an increase to $15 in October 2024.

The rate in Newfoundland and Labrador has increased by 50 cents, rising to $13.70 on Saturday. It is expected to increase in April 2023 to $14.50 and then increase to $15 in October 2023.

Prince Edward Island did not increase its rate on Saturday , but it was announced last week that the minimum wage will increase from $13.70 to $14.50 in January 2023. Another increase in October 2023 will bring the province's rate to $15 per hour.

Trevor Holder said the 2022 increases in New Brunswick are expected to affect 15,500 minimum wage workers and another 30,000 who earn more than the previous minimum wage but less than 13 $.75 per hour.

With information from CBC

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