The new Liberal government in New Brunswick announced that it will be raising the province’s minimum wage to $10.30 on December 31, 2014. This will be followed by an increase to $11.00 per hour by 2017. Following the increase to $11.00, all future minimum wage increases will be based on the rate of inflation.

Objective:

Minimum wage changes should always be based on the change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for the previous year.

Current Status:

This will be the first minimum wage increase in New Brunswick since 2012.

The announcement fulfills a promise made by the Liberals during the recent election campaign.

Despite numerous attempts by Retail Council of Canada (RCC) to speak with the new government on this issue, the change was announced today without industry consultation.

Background:

New Brunswick’s minimum wage currently sits at $10.00 per hour. This rate is tied for the lowest minimum wage in Canada. Following the move to a $10.30 minimum wage on December 31, 2014, New Brunswick will still have the lowest minimum wage in the Maritime provinces.

RCC met with New Brunswick’s Liberal Leader Brian Gallant on this issue while he was Leader of the Opposition. At the time, he was interested in RCC’s position that minimum wage increases should only be based on the previous year’s increase in CPI.

Next Steps:

RCC will continue to push for predictable minimum wage increases based on the rate of inflation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact: Jim Cormier, Director (Atlantic) at:  [email protected] or 902-422-4144