Manitoba's minimum wage on the rise

Manitoba's minimum wage is going up 20 cents on Oct. 1.

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The provincial government is reminding Manitobans that minimum wage is set for a boost next week.

The minimum wage in the province will jump 20 cents to $11.35 as of Monday, Oct. 1.

“We are improving wages for working Manitobans and as of Oct. 1, the minimum wage is increasing to $11.35,” said  Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Blaine Pedersen in a release on Friday. “We remain committed to indexing Manitoba’s minimum wage with the rate of inflation in a predictable and sustainable way.”

The reminder comes after the Tories announced the increase back in April.

The wage hike is based on Manitoba’s 2017 inflation rate — 1.6%, and rounded up to the nearest five cents, a release from government said at the time.

The minimum wage was given a 15 cent hike in 2017.

In April, NDP leader Wab Kinew said the increase wasn’t enough.

“Nobody who works full-time in Manitoba should have to live in poverty,” Kinew said. “The best way, and most effective way for [the Pallister government] to help people who work full-time in Manitoba that are still living in poverty is for them to increase the minimum wage and to set a target to get it to $15 an hour.”

The 20-cent jump leaves Manitoba with fifth lowest minimum wage among provinces and territories.