The minimum wage will increase to $ 13.50 an hour or 3.1% effective May 1, 2021.
According to the Minister of Labor, Employment and Social Solidarity, Jean Boulet, the increase of $ 0.40 per hour will help 287,000 Quebeckers, including 164,700 women.
However, we must wait until the end of a 45-day consultation period to confirm everything.
This increase in the minimum wage will make it possible to achieve “the target of a ratio of 50% between the general rate of the minimum wage and the average hourly wage,” it was specified on Wednesday in a press release.
As for the minimum wage payable to employees remunerated with tips, as of May 1, it will reach $ 10.80 per hour, or $ 0.35 more.
“As you know, the health crisis has brought its share of challenges for both employees and employers,” said Minister Boulet.
“However, considering the current context of the crisis caused by COVID-19, it is important to change the minimum wage in a balanced and reasonable manner, to reduce the incidence of poverty in addition to creating an incentive to work , he added. This is why we have considered the various issues encountered this year by companies and workers in determining the minimum wage increase that I am proposing today. ”
This increase would allow workers and businesses to participate in collective enrichment. It will thus increase the purchasing power of employees and will have an effect on reducing poverty while respecting the financial capacity of companies to pay without harming their competitiveness. ”