Starting this spring, the province’s lowest-paid employees will be getting a raise as minimum wage is set to increase in Quebec.
Minimum wage is going up 50 cents an hour, totalling $12.50 per, starting on May 1, 2019.
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Jean Boulet, Quebec’s labour minister says the minimum wage increase will affect 288,200 people in the province and he expects the hourly minimum will increase another 50 cents by 2020.
Last year, minimum wage increased by 75 cents to $12 per hour when the Liberal government estimated it would likely reach $15 per hour by 2020.
Tip-earners will receive the lowest pay increase (25 cents) to $10.05 per hour.
Fruit-pickers will also receive a pay increase come springtime. They’ll earn at least $0.99/kg for strawberries and $3.71/kg for raspberries.
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.