Minimum Wage Increasing April 1

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Minimum Wage Increasing April 1
Nova Scotia’s minimum wage is increasing on April 1.

Today, Jan. 26, Labour and Advanced Education Minister Lena Metlege Diab announced that government has accepted the Minimum Wage Review Committee’s recommendation that minimum wage increase by 30 cents, plus the national consumer price index, which is 10 cents for 2020, resulting in an overall increase of 40 cents an hour.

That means workers who earn minimum wage will receive $12.95 an hour starting April 1.

“This year, COVID-19 has caused unprecedented economic challenges across all sectors,” said Ms. Metlege Diab. “That’s why we need to ensure our economy can grow in a fair and balanced way for both employees and employers. I want to thank the Minimum Wage Review Committee for recommending a solution that supports both interests.”

The Minimum Wage Review Committee, which includes employee and employer representatives, filed its report with the minister of Labour and Advanced Education on Jan. 4.

The committee also recommended that a further review of the current rate and approach to setting minimum wage be conducted and that other options to setting it be explored. This recommendation will be considered in the coming weeks.

For a copy of the Nova Scotia Minimum Wage Review Committee report, visit:

Quick Facts:
— a $12.95 per hour minimum wage means Nova Scotia will have the second highest minimum wage in Atlantic Canada, just $0.05 behind PEI, whose rate will increase to $13.00 on April 1
— on April 1, 2020, Nova Scotia’s minimum wage increased by $1, making it the largest increase to minimum wage in a decade

Additional Resources:
For more information on Nova Scotia’s minimum wage, visit:

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