Increase in minimum wages in Quebec

QUEBEC – The general rate of the minimum hourly wage increases Wednesday by 4.17% in Quebec.
The minimum wage thus goes from $ 12.00 to $ 12.50.

In making this announcement last January, the Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity, Jean Boulet, said the increase of 4.17 per cent would benefit 288,200 Quebec employees. He stated that this would be an annual increase in disposable income ranging between $ 400 and $ 650, depending on the number of hours worked and the family situation of employees.

The minimum wage payable to employees receiving tips is set at $ 10.05 per hour, an hourly increase of $ 0.25, and that of raspberry or strawberry pickers to $ 3.71 and $ 0.99 respectively. $ per kilogram, respective increases of $ 0.15 and $ 0.04.

Minister Boulet predicted that these measures would raise the ratio of the minimum wage to the average hourly wage for the 2019-2020 period by 50 per cent. According to the Department of Finance, the average hourly wage was $ 24.92 per hour in Quebec in 2018.

The Quebec Federation of Labor (FTQ), which is campaigning to increase the hourly minimum wage to $ 15 an hour, believes that a salary of $ 12.50 is still insufficient to allow minimum wage workers to arrive. to live with dignity. The Confédération des syndicats nationaux (CSN) believes that these increases do not allow hundreds of thousands of workers to live decently or adequately stimulate Quebec’s economy.

In January, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) predicted that this increase would create greater than expected upward pressure on the wage costs of SMEs, in addition to removing flexibility. As for the Conseil du patronat du Québec (CPQ), it pointed out that the 4.17 per cent increase in the general minimum wage rate represented a higher increase than inflation, the increase in the cost of living and the general increases three months ago at 2.6 per cent.

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