Minimum wage up to $11.50 per hour in N.B. on Monday

Minimum wage in New Brunswick has increased by 25 cents to $11.50 per hour today.

The minimum wage rate is indexed to the province’s consumer price index, rounded to the nearest five cent, as is done in other jurisdictions such as Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Yukon.

The New Brunswick consumer price index grew by 2.13 per cent in 2018.

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder says , "Linking the minimum wage to an economic indicator like the consumer price index will protect the purchasing power of minimum-wage earners and allow New Brunswick employers to be better prepared for increases when they occur."

Governments in Atlantic Canada agreed to harmonize the date of effect of any minimum wage increase to April 1st.