Jan. 21, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The minimum wage in New Brunswick will increase a total of 50 cents per hour in 2009, it was announced today.
Effective April 15, the hourly minimum wage will increase by 25 cents to $8 per hour. Another increase of 25 cents will take place on Sept. 1, setting the minimum wage at $8.25 per hour.
Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault said that, while the province's economy is slowing down, it is important to continue to give individuals and families the opportunity to improve their standard of living and help them build a better future in New Brunswick.
"We want New Brunswickers to work in this province and be successful," Arseneault said. "At the same time, we are seeking to attract outside investors to help New Brunswick grow and be self-sufficient by 2026."
The minimum wage board will meet soon to review the economic conditions and decide whether to recommend to the government a longer-term plan for the minimum wage.
"We look forward to the recommendations of the independent board with respect to a detailed plan for future increases," Arseneault said. "As the province pursues a poverty reduction plan through the recently launched public engagement initiative, the minimum wage is likely to play an important role in stakeholder discussions. A long-term plan for increases to the minimum wage will provide predictability for employers and more certainty for wage earners."
With the April 15th rate, someone who works 40 hours a week at the minimum wage will earn $320. This will be up from the $268 that a minimum wage earner received after working a 40-hour week when the government took office in October 2006.
For more information on the minimum wage, paid public holidays, and the Employment Standards Act, contact the Employment Standards Branch of the Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour at 1-888-452-2687 or at www.gnb.ca/labour.
MEDIA CONTACT: Marie-Josée Groulx, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.