August 8, 2014 7:41 am

Manitoba raising wages for support workers

Manitoba Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross says a funding boost will allow wages for some support workers to rise.

John Woods / The Canadian Press

WINNIPEG – Some Manitoba support workers will be getting a raise.

The provincial government says it is boosting funding by $6 million over three years for agencies that offer residential services for adults with intellectual disabilities.

Family Services Minister Kerri Irvin-Ross said the money will ensure wages will be between $13 and $14 an hour by 2017.

The raise will help agencies retain workers, especially smaller and rural agencies that have had a hard time offering competitive pay, she said.

The program is similar to one developed for child-care centres earlier this year.

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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