The Regina Anti Poverty Ministry is upset with the provincial government, as Saskatchewan now has the lowest minimum wage in the country.
Nova Scotia increased their minimum wage on the weekend by 15 cents, making Saskatchewan to now sit with the lowest minimum wage.
Advocate Peter Gilmer says the minimum wage indexing process the province is using won`t work for Saskatchewan`s workers.
“While it is good that we have an indexing process, the fact that we’re indexing where it is right now means that we are consistently just indexing poverty wages,” Gilmer says. “What we need to have is a formula what other provinces now have, that has an incremental movement towards a $15/hour minimum wage.”
Gilmer says it`s upsetting Saskatchewan is back at the bottom.
“This is very disappointing that once again, we have the lowest minimum wage in the country. There was a time throughout the 1970’s when we were often the highest minimum wage in the country, and always competing for the highest,” Gilmer says. “Now for several years, we’ve been competing for the lowest, and once again find ourselves at the bottom of the heap.”
Saskatchewan`s current minimum wage is $10.96/hour, after an increase in October of 2017. The province has said it will look at its minimum wage again this October, but all changes must be approved by cabinet.