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Nova Scotia minimum wage increasing to $12.95 an hour in April

Nova Scotia’s minimum wage is increasing on April 1, according to Labour and Advanced Education Minister Lena Metlege Diab.Diab announced Tuesday that the 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.
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That means workers who earn minimum wage will receive $12.95 an hour starting April 1.According to the province, a $12.95 per hour minimum wage means Nova Scotia will have the second-highest minimum wage in Atlantic Canada, just $0.05 behind P.E.I., whose rate will increase to $13.00 on April 1.

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“This year, COVID-19 has caused unprecedented economic challenges across all sectors,” said Metlege Diab. “That’s why we need to ensure our economy can grow in a fair and balanced way for both employees and employers.”

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According to the province, 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.

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