After Alberta implemented their $15/hour minimum wage, the Saskatchewan NDP would like to see this province to follow suit.
Opposition leader Ryan Meili introduced a private members bill that would see Saskatchewan’s minimum wage hit $15 by 2022.
Labour Relations minister Don Morgan said a $15 minimum wage is not in the cards for Saskatchewan right now, as it would do more harm than good.
“You also heard from the bank of Canada and from TD that a $15 minimum wage would have the affect of taking 60,000 or more people off of the employment roles,” Morgan said. “Our plan here is to have a steady, regular increase in accordance with what the cost increase has been.”
Meili said Saskatchewan can’t afford to not increase the minimum wage by more.
“We’ve got too many people in this province, grandmothers and grandfathers, people who are taking care of their families, working full-time, working hard, and having to go to the food bank, or depend on other social services just to make ends meet.”
According to the NDP, under the current index formula Saskatchewan would not see a 15 dollar minimum wage until 2052.