Right now the minimum wage is $10.75 an hour, but starting May 1, it will go up 10 $11.25.
It might not sound like much, but 50¢ is still $20 more a week if you're working 40 hours a week. That adds up to about $1,040 a year before taxes. Not too bad when you think about it. Especially considering last time it went up by only 20¢
The announcement was made this morning at the national assembly by the employment minister.
Last week, however, a group of Quebec anti-poverty advocacy groups, central labour bodies and unions sent out a memo announcing that $15, which they've been demanding since 2016, is no longer enough.
They are now asserting that the minimum wage "needed to lift Quebec workers out of poverty" is $18 per hour.
"It is clear that it is impossible to live decently on the current minimum wage of $13.50 per hour. Even the demand of $15.00 per hour is no longer adequate due to the rising cost of living, especially for housing and the rising cost of the grocery basket. That is why an update was necessary," the news release says.
The organizations involved came to $18 using "a variety of indicators," according to the release, such as the Low Income Measure (LIM-60), consultation with their members, interviews and a survey of low-wage earners.
These organizations include La Fédération des travailleurs et travailleuses du Québec, Syndicat de professionnelles et professionnels du gouvernement du Québec and Collectif pour un Québec sans pauvreté.
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"We, the undersigned, demand that the Government of Quebec publicly reject, as of now, the idea of a mandatory vaccination passport and that it commit itself to do like the Governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, has done, that is to say, prohibit the obligation to present a vaccination passport in order to attend certain events and practice certain activities," the petition states.
Samson, a former Coalition Avenir Québec member who switched sides in June, held a press conference about the petition alongside Conservative Party of Quebec leader Eric Duhaime on August 12. They explained that the party had already collected 133,000 signatures on a previous petition that did not meet the criteria of the National Assembly.
"We reviewed the wording [...] So we're going to ask these hundreds of thousands of people to re-sign their petition on the National Assembly website, and we're going to invite Quebecers who don't agree with the vaccine passport to come forward as well," Samson said.
The petition, which was posted to the National Assembly website on August 12, had garnered more than 75,000 signatures at the time this article was published.