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New Brunswick is the penultimate province to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour or more.

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The minimum wage in New Brunswick will increase from $14.75 to 15.30 per hour on April 1.

This is an increase of 55 cents.

New Brunswick is the penultimate province to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour or more. The minimum wage is still $14 an hour in Saskatchewan, but will increase to $15 in October.

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The province was also the last of the Atlantic provinces to offer wages of less than $15 per hour.

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Province Current minimum hourly wage
New Brunswick $14.75
Newfoundland and Labrador $15
Nova Scotia $15
Prince Edward Island $15
Ontario $16.55
Quebec $15.25
Alberta 15 $
British Columbia $16.75
Manitoba $15.30
Saskatchewan $14

Source: Retail Council of Canada

The minimum wage is indexed to the New Brunswick Consumer Price Index, rounded to the nearest $0.05. New Brunswick's Consumer Price Index increased by 3.6% in 2023.

This law is reviewed every two years, and an exam will take place this year.

The Common Front for Social Justice of New Brunswick highlights this increase, but considers it insufficient.

The organization believes that the minimum wage must be increased to $20 per hour to correspond to a living income. He urges the government to increase it to this amount.

How are people supposed to live on a low minimum wage that doesn't cover basic needs? How can people pay their rent and cover essential needs such as food and medicine for themselves and their families? asks Gabrielle Ross-Marquette, the union co-president of the Common Front.

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