The Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity has announced that the minimum wage in Quebec will increase by 3.1%, or $0.40 per hour, to a total of $13.50 as of May 2021.

According to the announcement, this increase will affect 287,000 Quebecers, 164,700 of whom are women. 

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$13.50 / hour

The new minimum wage as of May 1, 2021

The increase allegedly comes as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"As you know, the health crisis has brought its share of challenges for both employees and employers," says Jean Boulet, Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity.

"We have considered the various issues encountered this year by companies and workers in determining the increase in the minimum wage that I am proposing today. This increase would allow workers and businesses to participate in collective enrichment."

As of May 1 of next year, the following changes will be made, according to the announcement:

  • The minimum wage will be increased by $0.40 to $13.50 per hour.
  • The minimum wage for employees who make tips will increase by $0.35 to $10.80 per hour.
  • The minimum wage for those picking raspberries or strawberries will increase by $0.12 to $4.01 per kilogram and by $0.03 to $1.07 per kilogram, respectively.

The ministry explains that these new regulations are determined through regulatory processes. 

These regulations will be published on December 23 in the Gazette officielle du Québec and will go through a "45-day public consultation period."

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