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Minimum wage increases in three of four Atlantic provinces

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Nova Scotia wages failing to meet cost of living: report
The gap between Nova Scotia’s minimum wage and what's considered to be a living wage is widening even more. A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives finds that nearly half of Nova Scotians are making less than a living wage, with minimum wage earners needing at least another 10 dollars to meet their basic needs. Alicia Draus has the details – Sep 7, 2022

The minimum wage has gone up today in three of the four Atlantic provinces.

New Brunswick has instituted a one-dollar increase, bringing its rate to the highest in the region at $13.75 per hour.

A 50-cent jump in Newfoundland and Labrador means the rate in Canada’s most easterly province currently stands at $13.70 per hour.

Nova Scotia’s minimum wage went up 25 cents to hit $13.60 per hour.

Read more: N.S. workers ‘running in place’ as wages fail to meet cost of living: report

The rate did not increase in Prince Edward Island, where the government announced last week that the minimum wage would increase from $13.70 to $14.50 on Jan. 1.

Both P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador plan further increases that will see the rate hit $15 per hour in October 2023, while Nova Scotia plans to reach $15 an hour in October 2024.

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