Sign up for our newsletter and get a curated list of the top trending stories and exclusive rewards every day.

Trending Topics

Get the MTL Blog app

Download on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

It's Official, Minimum Wage Is Going Up In Quebec Tomorrow

Find out how much!
It's Official, Minimum Wage Is Going Up In Quebec Tomorrow

As you might recall, this year Quebec's minimum wage for hourly pay was set to rise. 

Reports and confirmations about the rise in hourly work wages started rolling around back in January.

READ ALSO: Warning: Montreal Will Be Hit With Cold Weather And 7 Days Of Rain

Well, for workers in that pay bracket, this wage hike officially starts tomorrow, May 1!

Quebec's minimum wage will officially be set at $12/hour.

The Ministry of Labour notes that the .75 cent increase will benefit about 353K workers in Quebec, who are mostly women. I guess women are still the minimum wage leaders in Quebec's workforce? Another problem absolutely needing to be addressed. 

However, even with the minimum wage hike, Quebec still remains behind other Canadian provinces. 

Ontario, for example, is sitting at $14/hour, which will hit $15/hour at the top of 2019. Alberta will be enjoying a $15 minimum wage beginning in October 2018.

Workers unions are applauding the efforts in Quebec, but still, call the increase "insufficient." They continue to strive and push forward for a $15 minimum wage in Quebec - hopefully, this won't take too long!

Employers' organizations in our fine province of Quebec believe that the mere .75 cent increase will cause job losses and reductions in work hours across the province. 

The Research and Socio-economic Information released a study recently that estimates the impact of $15/hour, and how it would outweigh possible job losses. In fact, they project the positive impact will be 10x greater than the negative side of the coin.

Regardless, as of May 1st, Quebec is moving a little closer to a higher wage for all workers, even if it is less than a dollar. 

More from MTL Blog

Comments 💬

Our comment section is a place to promote self-expression, freedom of speech and positivity. We encourage discussion and debate, but our pages must remain a safe space where everyone feels comfortable and the environment is respectful.

In order to make this possible, we monitor comments to keep spam, hate speech, violence, and vulgarity off our pages. Comments are moderated according to our Community Guidelines.

Please note that Narcity Media does not endorse the opinions expressed in the comment section of an article. Narcity Media has the right to remove comments, ban or suspend any user without notice, or close a story’s comment section at any time.

First and last names will appear with each comment and the use of pseudonyms is prohibited. By commenting, you acknowledge that Narcity Media has the right to use & distribute your content across our properties.

Loading...