Largest increase to the minimum wage in Québec in 20 years

Québec, April 30, 2018. – On May 1, 2018, Québec’s minimum wage will be raised by $0.75, bringing it from $11.25 to $12.00. This is the largest increase to the minimum wage in 20 years. These findings were drawn from the bulletin Cap sur le travail et la rémunération, published today by the Institut de la statistique du Québec on the occasion of International Workers’ Day.

As of May 1, Québec’s minimum wage will rank third highest in Canada, behind Ontario and Alberta. Certain provinces will raise minimum wage later during the year, including British Columbia (by $1.30) in June, as well as Alberta (by $1.40) and Manitoba (by $0.20) in October.

Minimum wage in Québec and the other provinces, Canada, May 2018


Figure : Minimum wage in Québec and the other provinces, Canada, May 2018 (Source : Institut de la statistique du Québec.)

Note : On June 1, 2018, minimum wage will go up in British Columbia. On October 1, 2018, minimum wage will go up in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan. However, the exact increase for Saskatchewan is unknown at this time.
Source : Government of Canada (2018). Current And Forthcoming Minimum Hourly Wage Rates For Experienced Adult Workers in Canada. http://srv116.services.gc.ca/dimt-wid/sm-mw/rpt1.aspx?GoCTemplateCulture=en-CA (accessed April 9, 2018).

In 2017, as in 1997, certain groups such as women, youth aged 15 to 24, unattached individuals, those without children, and non-unionized workers were still the most likely to hold minimum-wage jobs.

The overrepresentation of youth aged 15 to 24 and unattached individuals among minimum-wage earners has increased over the past 20 years. One of the most significant changes relates to students: the share of students among minimum-wage earners rose from 33% in 1997 to 51% in 2017, increasing by nearly 20 percentage points.

 


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