N.S. to increase minimum wage by 1.5 per cent in April
Published Thursday, January 31, 2013 1:17PM AST
Nova Scotia’s minimum-wage workers will make more money starting April 1.
The provincial government is increasing the minimum wage by 1.5 per cent, bringing it to $10.30 an hour.
The province is also increasing the minimum wage for workers with less than three months' experience to $9.80 an hour.
This is the fourth time since 2010 the province has increased the minimum wage to keep up with the cost of living.
The province increases minimum wage annually based on the previous year's national Consumer Price Index.
"This is the fairest way for both the employer and the employees," said Steven MacPherson, general manager of Jack Astor's restaurant in Halifax and a member of the province's Minimum Wage Review Committee.
"This way, employers know what the minimum wage will be when they're setting next year's budgets.
The government says Nova Scotia has the highest minimum wage in Atlantic Canada and one of the highest in the country, behind Nunavut and the Yukon.