60% of those who will benefit from higher minimum wage will be women, Quebec says

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60% of those who will benefit from higher minimum wage will be women, Quebec says

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17 janvier 2018

JACOB SEREBRINMONTREAL GAZETTE

The minimum wage in Quebec will increase to $12 per hour on May 1, the provincial labour minister announced Wednesday.

It is an increase of 75 cents per hour.

It is the most significant increase in the minimum wage in Quebec’s history, Labour Minister Dominique Vien said in a statement.

“The good economic performance of Quebec allows us to substantially increase the minimum wage,” Vien said. “This increase will improve the quality of life for low income workers, as well as provide stronger incentives to work, increase net disposable income and contribute to reducing the incidence of poverty, without harming jobs or the competitiveness of our businesses.”

The government says the wage increase will result in an annual increase in revenue — depending on the number of hours worked and the size of a household — between $462 and $979.

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