April 15, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers earning minimum wage will be receiving a $0.25 per hour increase, raising the minimum wage to $8, effective today. Another increase of 25 cents per hour will come into effect on Sept. 1, setting the minimum wage rate at $8.25 an hour.
Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault said that while the province's economy is slowing, it is important to continue to give individuals and families the opportunity to have a better standard of living, and help them build a better future here in New Brunswick.
"We want New Brunswickers to work in this province and be successful," said Arseneault. "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 has initiated discussions to review economic conditions in the province, and determine if it can make recommendations to government for a longer-term plan regarding the minimum wage.
"We look forward to working in co-operation with the independent board with respect to a detailed plan for future increases," said Arseneault. "As the province pursues a poverty reduction plan, the issue of minimum wage is likely to play an important role in stakeholder discussions. A long-term plan for future increases to the minimum wage will provide predictability for employers, and more certainty for wage earners."
Someone who works 40 hours a week at the new minimum wage will earn $320. This is up from the $268 that a minimum-wage earner received after working a 40-hour week 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 visit the department's website.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sheri Strickland, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-453-8617.