MNA and Parliamentary Assistant to Labour Minister, Yves St-Denis, is happy to reiterate his colleague and Minister Dominique Vien’s announcement concerning the increase of the minimum wage to $11,25 per hour as of May 2017. This increase will be applied progressively over a period of 4 years, thus attaining a 50% ratio over and above present hourly wage rate in 2020.
Over 350 000 workers will benefit from this increase. «This is good news and should increase workers’ buying power, maintain workers on the market as well as helping families and young workers», said Mr. St-Denis, who in addition, recalls that as of May 2017, the hourly tipped wage will increase from $9,20 to $9,45 an hour.
Since 2003, the Liberal government has raised the minimum wage rate by 54.1%, from $7.30 to $11.25 as of next spring. At that moment, Quebec will have the third highest minimum wage rate in Canada, after Alberta and Ontario. Of course, this increase is qualified as being the most important since 2010, and is applied according to the financial capabilities of individual businesses.
Lachute, 19 january 2017