April 30, 2020, marks the last day for Quebec's current minimum wage: $12.50/hour. As of May 1, the province's minimum wage will be going up by 60 cents, bringing it to $13.10 an hour. This is the second time that the CAQ government has increased Quebec's minimum wage since being elected in 2018.
Jean Boulet, the Minister of Labour, Employment, and Social Solidarity, noted in the original announcement that "this 4.8% increase will benefit 409,100 people in Quebec as of May 1, 2020."
The original press release states that of the 409,100 that will be benefitting from this rise in the general minimum wage, 235,700 are women.
The CAQ government first announced the May 2020 increase back in December 2019.
Boulet noted that this rise in minimum wage will assist in Quebec's fight against poverty and "will allow workers and businesses to benefit from the current economic momentum."
Once May 1 rolls around, anyone in Quebec working minimum wage will be earning $491.25 per week before tax when working the standard 37.5 hours.
This means a weekly increase of $22.50.
It isn't just the general minimum wage that's increasing either.
The following are all the changes that the press release announced:
- "the general minimum wage rate will increase to $13.10 per hour (+$0.60);
- "the minimum wage payable to employees who are paid on tips will be $10.45 per hour (+$0.40);
- "the minimum wage payable to an Employee assigned exclusively, during a pay period, to picking raspberries or strawberries will be $3.89 (+$0.18) and $1.04 (+$0.05) per kilogram, respectively."
The CBC reminds us that Legault's government has continuously promised to raise the province's minimum wage to $15/hour by 2023.
This is the second increase that the CAQ government has made since being elected in 2018. The last one was a rise from $12 to $12.50 an hour as of May 1, 2019.
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Recently, Québec Solidaire (QS) spokesperson Manon Massé has insisted that all workers in the province deserve to be making a minimum of $15/hour already.
Massé has argued that the new $13.10/hour minimum wage is simply not enough for individuals.
The graph below shows you the minimum wage in every Canadian province as of April 1, 2019.
Alberta's minimum wage has been dethroned by Nunavut's as highest in the country, since the territory saw an increase from $13 to $16/hour at the start of April 2020, whereas Alberta has been sitting at $15 since October 2018.
You can find more information about when other provinces are set to increase their minimum wages here.
As for us Quebecers, remember: if you're currently making minimum wage, your pay raise starts tomorrow!