It's Official: Quebec Says "No" To $15 An Hour Minimum Wage

About 220,000 people live on minimum wage in Quebec, but that didn't stop the government from rejecting the proposition to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour. 

Minimum wage will likely go up this year (Although we are still awaiting the official confirmation) but the government says they are opting for gradual increases rather than jumping to $15 right away. 

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Last January minimum wage was increased by 50 cents to $11.25 an hour. It's supposed to go up another 50 cents this year, and another 35 cents in 2019.

As it stands a person making $11,25 an hour makes a little over $20,00 a year, but if the increase did go into effect their salary would jump by almost $7,000 a year. 

According to Journal de Montreal, the $15 increase was rejected because its believed such a sudden change would hurt small and medium businesses because they wouldn't be able to afford it. 

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