Quebec to Boost Minimum Wage

Quebec to Boost Minimum Wage

The province of Quebec announced it will be bumping up its minimum wage as of May 2008, to $8.50 an hour, putting it at par with Nunavut as the highest minimum wage in the country.

Currently the minimum wage in Quebec is $8 an hour. The 50 cent increase will be the largest since 1975.

Close to six per cent of Quebec's salaried workers earn minimum wage, with most employed in the retail, hotel and restaurant sectors. The Quebec government estimates that more than 250,000 workers will get $8.50 an hour as of May 1, 2008.

The CAW is part of a national campaign calling for a federal minimum wage of $10 an hour, the minimum income required to live above the poverty line.

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