Starting this spring, the province’s lowest-paid employees will be getting a raise as the minimum wage is set to increase in Quebec.
Minimum wage is going up 60 cents an hour, totalling $13.10 per, starting on May 1, 2020.
Quebec’s Labour Minister, Jean Boulet, made the announcement today. Last May, minimum wage was hiked to $12.50 an hour.
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The Coalition Avenir Québec (CAQ) campaigned on a promise to increase the province’s minimum wage year-by-year towards $15 an hour.
J’ai annoncé une hausse du salaire minimum de 0,60 $ l’heure, le faisant passer à 13,10 $. Cette augmentation de 4,8 % bénéficiera à 409 100 personnes au Qc au 1er mai 2020. @Gouv_MTESS pic.twitter.com/YZGYlrd5Up
— Jean Boulet (@JeanBoulet10) December 18, 2019
The minimum wage rate for employees who make tips in Quebec will also increase, by 40 cents, totalling $10.45 an hour.
Quebec has one of the lowest incomes per capita in the country. The average hourly wage in Quebec is $24.92 an hour, which is below the national average ($27.70).
In 2017, Quebec’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product) was $39,000 per citizen, higher only than the Maritime provinces. The highest GDP in Canada is in Alberta at $60,000 per person.