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Manitoba increasing minimum wage October 1, 2012


September 28, 2012
By Anthony Capkun

September 28, 2012 – The Province of Manitoba will increase minimum wage 25 cents to $10.25/hour on October 1, said Jennifer Howard, family services and labour minister.

“We continue to boost the purchasing power of minimum-wage earners and this move can also benefit business as it helps attract and keep workers,” said Howard.  “We have one of the most robust labour markets in the country, revenues continue to rise in many sectors, including restaurant and retail, and increasing the minimum wage has not hurt employment.”

The minimum wage rate last increased 50 cents to $10/hour October 1, 2011. That followed an increase of 50 cents on October 1, 2010.

The Labour Management Review Committee (LMRC) recommended three annual increases, says the government, but they differed on the amount. The latest increase places Manitoba just above the average Canadian minimum hourly wage, says the government.

More information on the changes to the minimum wage is available HERE.