Without any consultation, the government of New Brunswick made a surprise announcement of a $2.00 increase in the province’s minimum wage for 2022. The province’s regulated practice of adjusting minimum wage by the change in CPI from the previous year will be set aside for one year, in favour of this special increase. The special increase will include a $1.00 increase on April 1, 2022 and an additional $1.00 increase on October 1, 2022. The current minimum wage rate of $11.75 is the lowest in the country. This $2.00 increase will bring the province’s base wage to $13.75 per hour, which will be regionally competitive. See press release.
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