Federal workers are getting a bump in their pay today.
No, this is not an April Fools’ Day joke.
The Canadian government has announced that it will raise the federal minimum wage from $15.55 to $16.65 per hour starting today, April 1.
Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) says this increase is to keep pace with inflation, which rose by 6.8% in 2022.
📢 Attention! The federal minimum wage will increase on April 1! It applies to federally regulated private sectors.
🚨 Employers: Payroll information must be updated with the new rate by then.
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“The cost of living is rising, so we’re making sure that wages keep going up too,” said Minister of Labour Seamus O’Regan Jr in a statement. “We’re looking after workers, because that’s how you grow the economy and create more prosperity for everyone.”
The government says this raise aims to make life more affordable for approximately 26,000 Canadian workers who earn less than the current rate.
Federally regulated private-sector employers will need to adjust their payroll information with the new rate to ensure employees and interns are paid correctly as of April 1, says the ESDC.
If the provincial or territorial minimum wage rate exceeds the federal minimum wage, employers must apply the higher pay.
This wage increase applies to workplaces including banks, postal and courier services, interprovincial air, railroad, and marine transportation.
The last federal minimum wage increase was in April 2022.
This change comes as provinces and territories make moves to boost workers’ paycheques.
Here’s a rundown on which spots in Canada will and won’t be raising the minimum wage in 2023.
However, even with these pay bumps, experts say it’s not enough for Canadians to make a “living” wage — read this to find out why.
For more information on the federal minimum wage increase, check out the government’s pay and minimum wage, deductions, and wage recovery site or contact the Labour Program at 1-800-641-4049.