The Quebec government has announced its plans to increase the minimum wage by 40 cents to $13.50 per hour as of May 1, 2021.
Changes will go into effect exactly one year after the government bumped up the minimum wage to $13.10, where it currently stands.
For employees in industries that accept tips, the minimum wage will jump to $10.80 an hour (a 35 cent increase).
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Jean Boulet, Quebec’s Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity, says the minimum wage increase in the province will benefit 287,000 Quebecers.
“As you know, the health crisis has brought its share of challenges for both employees and employers,” says Boulet in a statement. “However, considering the current context of the crisis caused by COVID-19, it is important to change the minimum wage in a balanced and reasonable manner, to reduce the incidence of poverty in addition to creating an incentive to work.”
Boulet says the increase will increase “the power of purchase of employees” and would affect poverty reduction allowing workers and businesses to participate in “collective enrichment.”