On January 26, the Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity, Sam Hamad, announced that the minimum wage will be increased from $10.55 to $10.75 per hour in Quebec as of May 1, 2016. The additional 20 cents per hour, however, is an increase of 1.9% – higher than the annual rate of inflation, which was 1.6% for 2015, according to Statistics Canada.

The minimum wage for employees who receive tips, on the other hand, will be raised from $9.05 to $9.20 per hour.

RCC also opposes the fact that the Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity has chosen to announce his decision to raise the minimum wage only four months in advance, giving retailers little time to adjust their wage rates. RCC will continue to put pressure on the government for an adequate transition period that should precede any increase in the minimum wage.

Next steps:

  • RCC will continue to pressure the government to base future minimum wage increases on the rate of inflation, which would make any such decision foreseeable and non-political. RCC will also continue to argue for an adequate transition period that should precede any increase in the minimum wage.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Stéphanie Aubin, Director of Public Relations and Government Affairs at 514-316-7659 or email [email protected].