The Nova Scotia Minimum Wage Review Committee has submitted its report with the recommendation to raise the minimum wage rate.
The Nova Scotia Government will accept the recommended increase for April 1 and says it will be seeking more stakeholder input before making a decision on other recommendations.
The Minimum Wage Review Committee is made up of employee and employer representatives. It has recommended that the minimum wage increase by 40 cents an hour to $13.35 on April 1.
They have also recommended an increase to $13.60 on October 1 with a path to a $15 minimum wage by 2024. The government will announce a decision on these recommendations after receiving more input.
An average 8.1 per cent of workers or 31,400 Nova Scotians worked for minimum wage during the period from April 2020 to Mach 2021. They were mainly in the retail trade followed by food and accommodation industries.
“The pandemic has caused economic challenges across all sectors in Nova Scotia. We need to ensure our economy can grow in a fair and balanced way, and that working Nova Scotians are paid a fair wage,” said Jill Balser, Minister of Labour, Skills and Immigration. “As a new government, this is our first opportunity to identify solutions and set the minimum wage rate, taking into consideration the valued work of the Minimum Wage Review Committee. We are carefully considering their recommendations and I’d like to thank them for their work.”
Under the Labour Standards Code, the Minimum Wage Review Committee is mandated to conduct an annual review of the minimum wage in Nova Scotia.