Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Increase to minimum wage announced (09/08/04)

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Aug. 4, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - The mininum wage in New Brunswick will increase to $8.25 per hour on Sept. 1, up 25 cents per hour. This will be the second increase since April, taking the minimum wage in New Brunswick from $7.75 per hour to $8.25 per hour.

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault said it is important to continue to give individuals and families the opportunity to have a better standard of living; it is also important to help them build a better future in New Brunswick.

"We want New Brunswickers to work in this province and be successful," said Arseneault. "At the same time, our recent plan for lower taxes and to help companies grow in New Brunswick will attract outside investment and continue to promote healthy employment in our province."

As a result of the increase, an employee working 40 hours per week wage will earn $330. This will be up from the $268 that he or she earned after working a 40-hour week in October 2006.

For more information about 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.

09/08/04

MEDIA CONTACT: Ryan Francis, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-4497.

09/08/04