The Regina Anti-Poverty Ministry is responding to Saskatchewan’s move to increase the minimum wage to $11.06/hour.
Advocate Peter Gilmer told 620 CKRM the minimum wage should reflect the cost of living, and a 10 cent increase is far from enough.
Gilmer said he would like to see a minimum wage that is much closer to Alberta’s $15/hour rate.
“So for instance, studies done by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives have shown that what would be needed for a living wage in Regina would be very close to $17: $16.97 per hour.”
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Gilmer said there’s a misconception that the majority of minimum wage earners are teenagers who live at home.
“The reality is that the majority of minimum wage earners actually are older,” Gilmer said. “If we were to look at a demographic, one of the things we know is that women are more likely to work at minimum wage, so there are equity considerations I think as well.”
Nova Scotia is the only province with a lower minimum wage than Saskatchewan, sitting at $11 an hour.