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Minimum wage increases by 10 cents in Sask.
Published Monday, October 1, 2018 2:52PM CST
Last Updated Monday, October 1, 2018 6:42PM CST
Minimum wage in Saskatchewan has increased to $11.06 an hour — up 10 cents from the previous minimum wage of $10.96 an hour.
The increase came into effect on Monday.
Saskatchewan has the second-lowest minimum wage in Canada, just ahead of Nova Scotia at $11 an hour.
Monday marks the 10th increase in the province’s minimum wage since 2007. Every year, it increases using an indexation formulas giving equal weight to changes in the Consumer Price Index and average hourly wage in the province.
Saskatchewan NDP leader Ryan Meili said Monday that he would bring the province’s minimum wage up to $15 an hour if he becomes premier in the next election.
“When the minimum wage has been so low for so long, an extra dime an hour just doesn’t cut it,” he said in a written release. “People earning minimum wage work incredibly hard, and they’re still falling behind because of this conservative government’s inaction. No one should be working full time and still living in poverty.”
Alberta’s NDP government raised its minimum wage to $15 on Monday.
Saskatchewan introduced the formula in 2010. Increases are announced before June 30 and come into effect on Oct. 1 of each year.