The Minister of Labour, Employment, and Social Solidarity confirmed Wednesday that the Quebec minimum wage is still set to increase on May 1.\nThe increase was first announced in December but comes at a critical moment.\nThe minimum wage for tipped workers will also go up.\nVisit MTLBlog for more headlines.\nMinimum wage earners are about to get a little boost. In a press release Wednesday morning, the Minister of Labour, Employment, and Social Solidarity, Jean Boulet, confirmed that the Quebec minimum wage is still set to increase by 60 cents on May 1, for a total of $13.10/hour. Boulet hopes the announcement will "help mobilize workers, especially in the current context."\nHe first announced the increase on December 18, 2019.\n"Our government is proud to be keeping its commitment to increase the minimum wage," he said Wednesday.\n"This is a concrete step toward Québec's economic recovery."\n"In addition to ensuring fair pay for the workers concerned, we are increasing their purchasing power without jeopardizing employment or the competitiveness of Québec businesses."\n"We want these workers to know how grateful we are and how much we appreciate the work they do," he concluded.\nThe minimum wage for tipped workers will also go up to $10.45/hour, an increase of 40 cents.\nMeanwhile, "The minimum wage for people engaged solely in picking raspberries or strawberries during a given pay period will increase to $3.89 (+18 cents) and $1.04 (+5 cents) per kilogram, respectively."\nThe Ministry claimed in December that roughly 409,100 people would "benefit" from the increase — over half of them female.\nJ’ai annoncé une hausse du salaire minimum de 0,60 $ l’heure, le faisant passer à 13,10 $. Cette augmentation de 4,8 %...Posted by Jean Boulet - député de Trois-Rivières on Wednesday, December 18, 2019\nThe Government of Quebec previously announced a salary bonus for some essential workers.\nThose making $550 or less in gross wages per week can apply to receive an additional $1,600 over four months. Applications open May 19.\nHealth care professionals working directly with infected people will also receive a bonus.\nLe gouvernement du Québec annonce aujourd'hui des ajouts dans la liste des services prioritaires. 👇 https://t.co/yOQaU1AJAP— MTESS Québec (@Gouv_MTESS) April 13, 2020\nThe general minimum wage increase will come at a critical moment.\nAll non-essential businesses in the province are closed until May 4, though the government could further postpone that date.\nEven then, Premier François Legault and national public health director Dr. Horacio Arruda have suggested that the first businesses to open will be those that can maintain social distancing protocols in their establishments.\n"In the next few days, in the next few weeks, we may well think about reopening businesses, but the two-metre [distance] will remain for months. So we have to get used to that rule," Legault said on April 8.\nStay tuned for more news.