Minimum wage to increase in Nova Scotia
Province will boast second highest minimum wage in Canada
February 1, 2013, 12:28 AM AST
Last updated February 1, 2013, 9:34 AM AST
The minimum wage in Nova Scotia will rise as the province announced that it has approved a 15-cent increase. The minimum wage will jump from $10.15 to $10.30, and has risen from $6.50 since 2004. The pay increase will come into effect April 1.
This will be especially good news for students as they make up a significant part of the workforce in Nova Scotia. According to Statistics Canada, almost 80 per cent of young adults work a part-time job that pays minimum wage while going to school. Almost two thirds of the province’s minimum wage workers are under the age of 25.
“This is a very positive policy and we applaud the government for showing leadership on this issue,” said Students Nova Scotia Executive Director Jonathan Williams. “These minimum wage increases ensure that students are fairly compensated for their work and protected from inflationary erosion of basic incomes.”
But while an increase in pay is always nice, it doesn’t compensate for the three per cent increases in tuition most university students were faced with this past year. The province does however boast the second-highest minimum wage in Canada, behind only Nunavut and tied with Yukon. Nunavut leads the nation with a minimum wage set at $11.00.
“Students, single parents and others rely on minimum-wage jobs to make ends meet,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Marilyn More. “This increase will help low-income individuals and their families by making sure the minimum wage is fair.”
Minimum wage increases now occur annually in Nova Scotia and are determined by the previous year’s national consumer price index.