Manon Massé is calling on the government to raise the Quebec minimum wage even more, to $15/hour.\nQuébec Solidaire argues that such an increase would help in the economic recovery from the current crisis.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nAn opposition party wants the Quebec minimum wage to go up even more. Québec Solidaire (QS) spokesperson Manon Massé says that all workers deserve $15/hour. To support and reshape the economy to its fullest potential, QS says there's an urgency to adequately compensate minimum wage workers who have been deemed essential throughout the ongoing health crisis.\nEven with the planned increase to the provincial minimum wage to $13.10 on May 1, 2020, Massé says that workers will still make less than $2,000 a month.\n"Quebec has realized in the past few weeks just how essential workers paid at minimum wage are to the functioning of our society," said Massé.\n"However, the government insists on keeping the May 1 minimum wage increase to $13.10."\n"Those whom François Legault calls the guardian angels want more than thanks in times of crisis: they want a decent salary year-round."\nQuébec Solidaire has also proposed a plan to "help businesses cope" with the wage increase, asking the government to "implement transitional measures to provide financial support to [small and medium-sized enterprises], community organizations, and the agricultural sector."\n"These measures," the party claims, "would be largely offset by the $830 million or so in tax benefits that the increase in the minimum wage would bring annually to the Quebec government."\nLa crise révèle a quel point des milliers de gens au salaire minimum accomplissent un travail essentiel. Plus que jamais, un salaire minimum à 15$ l’heure est nécessaire pour soutenir les travailleurs-euses et relancer le Québec de demainhttps://t.co/4uC04TjEyP#Polqc #Assnat— Québec solidaire (@QuebecSolidaire) April 24, 2020\nQuebec's economy will need some time to recover after the crisis, but according to Quebec Solidaire, an increased minimum wage can help stimulate the economy to prosper with increased purchasing power for consumers.\nREAD ALSO: Quebec Launched A Platform To Help You Find A Job In An Essential Service\n"Workers and small businesses need state support to get everyone out of the crisis and raising minimum wages will not only benefit workers but also [businesses], who will be able to count on greater purchasing power for consumers," added Alexandre Leduc, MP for Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.\nMassé underlined that without a living wage, it would be difficult for consumers to turn to local products to stimulate the economy.\nAu nom de Québec solidaire, je veux offrir mes condoléances aux familles et aux proches des victimes de la COVID-19. Perdre un être aimé, c'était déjà très difficile avant la crise. Perdre un être aimé sans pouvoir l'embrasser une dernière fois, ça a pas d'allure. #covid19qc— Manon Massé (@ManonMasse_Qs) April 21, 2020\nQuébec Solidaire has proposed three transitional measures to help businesses face a $15/hour minimum wage:\n"Special financial assistance of $60 million per year, for a period of 5 years, which will offer direct subsidies to businesses most affected by the increase in the minimum wage;" \n\n\n"Create special financial assistance of $30 million per year, for a period of five years, for the agricultural sector:"\n\n\nand "increase funding by community organizations, NPOs and charities by $30 million per year to offset this increase. This funding will be renewed after five years, unlike the other two measures."\nView this post on Instagram Les dernières semaines ont révélé à quel point les personnes qui sont payées au salaire minimum sont essentielles au fonctionnement de notre société🙌. ⠀ Les héros et héroïnes ordinaires, ou celles et ceux que François Legault appelle les « anges gardiens », veulent plus que des remerciements. Ils et elles veulent un salaire décent à longueur d’année😤. ⠀ Ce n’est pas compliqué : augmentons le salaire minimum tout en proposant des mesures pour aider les PME qui en ont besoin à faire la transition. ⠀ Pour appuyer notre demande, cliquez sur le lien en bio. ⠀ #15dollarsdelheure #15dollarminimumwage #onlemerite A post shared by Québec solidaire (@quebecsolidaire) on Apr 24, 2020 at 8:57am PDT\n"We must offer better purchasing power to the lowest-paid workers. These people are not going to put their money in tax havens: they are going to inject it directly into our economy, and that is all of Quebec that will benefit from it after the crisis," said Massé.\nThis article's cover image is used for illustrative purposes only.