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 www.gov.nl.ca/lra/min_wage_review_2012/index.html , provide comments via email at email@example.com, 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.