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Manitoba to boast Canada’s lowest minimum wage when rate increases in Saskatchewan

Experts believe minimum wage in Saskatchewan is not high enough. File Photo/ Global News

Manitoba is set to have the lowest minimum wage in Canada this fall.

Saskatchewan has announced it will raise its minimum to $13 an hour in October, and to $15 an hour two years later.

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Manitoba raises its wage according to inflation, and has said it will increase in October to $12.35 an hour from $11.95.

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The Manitoba Federation of Labour says having the lowest minimum wage in Canada will be embarrassing and leave many workers in poverty.

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“Working families are concerned about rising costs at the grocery store and the gas pumps, and these increased costs hit low-wage workers particularly hard,” said federation president Kevin Rebeck in a release.

“We think Manitoba workers are worth more than dead-last in the country.”

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