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Minister Accepts Minimum Wage Review Committee Recommendations

first_img May 1 to March 31, 2009: 6.5 per cent increase to $8.10 per hour. April 1, 2009 to March 31, 2010: 6.2 per cent increase to $8.60 per hour. April 1, 2010 to Sept.30, 2010: 6.9 per cent increase to $9.20 per hour. Oct.1, 2010 to March 31, 2011: 4.8 per cent increase to $9.65 per hour. After March 31, 2011, minimum wage will be adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index. For more information on minimum wage in Nova Scotia, visit www.gov.ns.ca/enla/employmentrights/ . By Oct. 1, 2010, Nova Scotians earning minimum wage will make $9.65 per hour. Mark Parent, Minister of Environment and Labour, accepted all the recommendations of the minimum wage review committee. Beginning May 1, employees earning minimum wage in Nova Scotia will receive annual increases that, by 2010, will have them earning more than the low-income cutoff line, a commonly used poverty indicator. “Government has a vision for Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Parent. “A vision where every Nova Scotian can live a safe, healthy, and prosperous life,” said Mr. Parent. “Increasing minimum wage annually will help improve the lives of more then 20,000 Nova Scotians.” Community Services Minister Judy Streatch said, “Tackling poverty is a responsibility we should all share. It will take a co-ordinated effort by government, business and many other community organizations to make a difference. “Increasing the minimum wage is a strategic step forward. It will provide greater financial stability for many Nova Scotians.” In 2007, the minister of Environment and Labour asked the committee to look at a formula to determine annual increases in minimum wage to offer more predictability in setting budgets and projections for costs and income. Annual increases to minimum wage over the next three years will be as follows:last_img read more