Minimum wage under review

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Minimum wage in Newfoundland and Labrador is under review, the government announced today.

Since 2005, minimum wage has increased 67 per cent, and future changes need to consider the needs of both workers and employers, said Terry French, minister responsible for the Labour Relations Industry in a news release.

A three-member advisory committee has been set-up by the government, and includes chairman Blair Patrick, with Elaine Price and John Peddle serving as employee and employer members.

The nominees were chosen from the provincial government, Newfoundland and Labrador Employers Council, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour.

“I am pleased to announce today that we are acting upon another commitment in the 2011 Blue Book and advancing a review of our province’s minimum wage,” said French.

The committee will ask for comments and suggestions about minimum wage from both the public and stakeholders until Sept. 15.

The findings will be compiled and a report made to the minister responsible for the labour relations agency by mid-fall of 2012.

“Public input is crucial in exercises such as a minimum wage review, and I encourage individuals and groups to make their opinions known,” said French.

Individuals or groups who wish to obtain further information on this review and provide their input may call toll-free at 1-877-563-1063, complete an on-line questionnaire at , provide comments via email at, or drop off comments in person to either the St. John’s or Corner Brook offices of the Labour Relations Agency, states the news release.

Currently, the minimum wage in this province is $10 per hour, the same as Northwest Territories, Manitoba, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Manitoba is scheduled to increase its minimum wage to $10.25 in October, according to the Human Resources and Skills Development of Canada website.

Alberta, Quebec and Saskatchewan have lower minimum wages than Newfoundland and Labrador, while Ontario, British Columbia, Nova Scotia, Yukon and Nunavut have higher minimum wages.

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Employers Council, Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour, French.The committee Labour Relations Agency Human Resources

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Corner Brook, Northwest Territories Manitoba New Brunswick Canada Alberta Quebec Saskatchewan Ontario British Columbia Nova Scotia Yukon Nunavut

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Recent comments

  • Business as usual
    June 08, 2013 - 18:41

    As it is a business I'm sure you are looking for university graduates or tradesman for those unskilled uneducated positions you have. I'm sure you would pay these skilled and educated individuals more even though they would do the some work as the unskilled uneducated workers u have, right?

  • doug
    May 20, 2013 - 16:26

    The businessman probably inherited the "business" from daddy or mommy, living off their hard

  • doug
    May 20, 2013 - 10:57

    Re: a business man Are you still here?, newfoundland doesn't need MERCHANTS like you, try mexico the wages are probably lower, speaking of lower.

  • DOUG
    May 20, 2013 - 10:05

    It should be raised, take for instance store clerks, working weekends, have to work at a moments notice, no benefits, while the store owner rakes it in. There is something in the wind though, a union for store clerks.

  • Cat
    May 13, 2013 - 11:20

    "Unskilled" workers are human beings, not merely economic inputs. This is not just a matter of business, it is a matter of social justice.

  • Fess Up Business Man.
    April 29, 2013 - 13:40

    I have a feeling that Business Man abhors the Uber, Corrupt, Crony horribly gone-wrong Capitalistic Society he so frequently speaks of, as much as I do, but his way of combating it is to pretend he is a business man and to tell the story as if it were his own of what the real Evil, Corrupt Business Men do to the rest of us by stealing our natural resources, thus our jobs and every other asset that should be accrued in an economy that has control over its raw resources. Come on Business Man fess us because I am sure if you were doing the Evil, Corrupt deeds you speak off, you wouldn't be posting to this site, even though you don't identify yourself by Name,but the fact that you post here on this site means the Newspaper has your IP Address and knows who you are. I am sure nobody would want to be thought of the way you are, given the Evils you tell us that you are involved in.

  • Douglas
    August 04, 2012 - 09:04

    $12/hr. = millionaire? Not a math expert, are you?

  • scott maidment
    August 04, 2012 - 00:48

    The minimum wage right now should be 13.50 hour right now those big companies going around with the poor mouth on them then get in the newspapers and brag about their third quarter profits minimum should be increased by the fall!

  • underdog
    August 03, 2012 - 16:14

    employers paying minimum wage are enjoying record profits whilst workers are having to use food banks.. If you want to exploit people, Nl is the place to set up shop. Our labour laws are a joke, so no worries for you there, you don't have to hire full-time, you don't have to offer medical insurance, you can pass that buck on to the taxpayers. Health & Safety, forget about it!,,,yep Nl is the place for you!!

    • a business man
      August 06, 2012 - 12:24

      I am enjoying record profits and paying my unskilled uneducated workers minimum wage. They do not get any employer sponsored pension plan, nor do they get any form of health benefits. All they get is the minimum wage as stipulated by the law. I also employ engineers, accountants, marketing professionals, and others....I pay these specialized, educated and skilled employees competitive 6 figure salaries because they are worth it. The unskilled uneducated workers, those without any specialized education or training, are easily replacable, so there is no reason to pay them anything more than the minimum wage. I certainly could afford to double their salary and make a huge profit, but for me, I get nothing more since even with a higher salary, they are still just unskilled and uneducated. So I will continue to pay unskilled uneducated workers minimum wage, and I will move my company out of NL if the minimum wage increases. I will be sure call the 1800 number above and share my comment with the government. They should know that minimum wage increases will lead to job losses. LIke it or not, I am a company owner and I make the decisions. Workers just work.

  • Lisa
    August 03, 2012 - 15:52

    Well if minimum wage goes up, everyone should get the raise. When I started working back in 1994, I was paid $4.75 per hour. I went to work after that with Eastern Health and made $16.00 per hour. Now, 18 years later, minimum wage is up to $10.00 per hour ($5.25 more) but I am now only up to $19.00 per hour (only $3.00 more and now with the Eastern School District). Seems like minimum wage will soon be up to regular wages. I was probably better off staying working at the minimum wage place as I would have gotten increases over the years plus the minimum wage hikes and would be up to what I am making now and would of had no student loans to pay.

    • a business man
      August 06, 2012 - 12:36

      Have you heard of inflation? In any case, if everyone gets a raise, they as a business, I will charge more simply because I know people have more money. So even though I think giving everyone a raise is a bad idea, I stand to make more money from it so I would not oppose it.

  • MinimumMage
    August 03, 2012 - 15:22

    The minimum wage must be increased. As a young man working a full time job and trying to pay rent in the metro area, as well as try and pay tuition simultaneously, the minimum wage is laughable compared to the expenses and cost of living. The employers in the province are not going to raise their workers wages on their own, due to their tightened wallets and blatant disregard for the well being of their employees, and sadly the only way to fight for an increased wage would be to have our minimum wage increased... substantially... not 10 cents, not 50 cents, dollars. I give 100% at my minimum wage job... and sometimes it feels like minimum wage should produce minimum effort.

  • David
    August 03, 2012 - 15:08

    Yes, raise it again....$12. Let's make every skilll-deprived person in Newfoundland a millionaire, even if they just mow lawns and baby-sit. What a booming economy we'd have then, eh? Come home from Alberta, b''s all just glorious in Bizarro Land!!

  • Yvonne
    August 03, 2012 - 14:29

    Mr. French it's time that Treasury Board loosen the purse strings and reward the civil servants and health care workers fairly.

    • Patrick Guilfoyle
      August 04, 2012 - 11:24

      It is amazing the bitterness and jealousy that is displayed here. The Newfoundlanders that I once knew proudly, are not the same people any more. Most businesses that pay minimum wage are making huge profits. Their employees deserve more dignity than they have. How would you feel if you are working your ass off yet can't afford the basics for your family?

    • a business man
      August 06, 2012 - 12:34

      Actually Patrick, I disagee with you, respectfull ofcourse. I pay minimum wage and make huge profits. But I assert that my unskilled uneducated workers do not deserve more because they have nothing to offer other than their labour. Those who are working their ass off yet cannot afford the basics for their family have no one to blame but themsleves. They should have gone to school, or made different career choices, or managed their money better. People certainly do derserve dignity, but that does not mean that they deserve more than minimum wage. I will never pay a Canadian without a university education more than minimum wage (other than a tradesman), and if the minimum wages increases, I will move my company. In right to work states, I pay unskilled uneducated workers roughly $7/hour. On that note, I am already in the process of moving more jobs our of Canada to cash in on the $7/hour wages, but I must point out that increasing the minimum wage will only accelerate my relocation schedule.