Manitoba's minimum wage is now the third-highest in the country.
As of yesterday (Oct. 1) Manitoba's minimum wage has been boosted up to $10.45 per hour. The province's minimum wage was previously 20 cents lower.
The wage increase was initially outlined in Budget 2013.
“This increase will help the lowest wage earners in Manitoba and keeps pace with expected increases in the consumer price index,” entrepreneurship, training and trade minister Peter Bjornson said.
Bjornson added that he believes the financial burden on businesses has also been reduced in recent years, with a business tax on small businesses once employed in 2005 being eliminated by 2010, while general corporate taxes fell to 12 per cent in 2009 from 16.5 per cent in 2002.
Nunavut has the highest minimum wage in Canada at $11 per hour. Alberta has the lowest at $9.95 per hour.
Earlier last month, on Sept. 14, protestors in Toronto's west end rallied to support raising its province's minimum wage up to $14 per hour. Rally organizers cited that a $10.25 per hour wage is almost 20 per cent below the poverty line, leaving full-time employees being paid minimum wages receiving an annual pay of about $19,000 per year.