Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour

Increase to minimum wage announced (09/09/01)

NB 1247

Sept. 1, 2009

FREDERICTON (CNB) - New Brunswickers earning minimum wage will be receiving a $0.25 per hour increase, effective today.

The increase raises the minimum wage to $8.25. It is the second minimum wage increase in the past six months, and the fifth since October 2006, when the minimum wage was $6.70 per hour.

Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault said that the increase is important, since it helps give individuals and families a better standard of living right here in New Brunswick.

"We will continue to phase in future increases to balance the needs of our workers while respecting the rights of employers," said Arseneault. "We must ensure that employees are being treated fairly, while keeping our businesses competitive. These rates must be gradually introduced so that employers can plan in a predictable manner. We want them to continue growing their businesses and make further investments in their communities.

"We will continue to work in co-operation with the minimum wage board with respect to a detailed plan for future increases. As the province pursues a poverty reduction plan, the issue of minimum wage is likely to play an important role in stakeholder discussions."

Someone who works 40 hours per week at the new minimum wage will earn $330. This is an increase of 23 per cent 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: Marie-Josée Groulx, communications, Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, 506-444-3465.