If he’s elected Premier in the next provincial election, Saskatchewan NDP leader Ryan Meili said he will phase in an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Meili was in Saskatoon Monday, speaking about the minimum wage, which was just hiked to ten cents to $11.06/hour across the province.
In comparison to Alberta, where the Notley government’s $15/hour minimum wage took also took effect on Monday, Meili said the disparity is very noticeable.
“If you’re a worker in Saskatchewan working full time for minimum wage, your salary just went up by $180 a year,” he said. “If you’re in Alberta, it went up by over $200/month.”
In looking at other provinces who’ve also instituted a $15/hour minimum wage, Meili noted there doesn’t appear to be any negative impacts.
“What you see is that businesses don’t actually struggle and that the employment numbers don’t go down in any significant way.”
Despite this being the tenth increase in eleven years, Saskatchewan has the second lowest minimum wage rate in the country, ahead of only Nova Scotia.
(with files from David Boles and CJWW)