Minimum wage rises in Nova Scotia: still not a living wage

The proposed increases would help struggling families and low wage workers cope with the affordability crisis affecting food, shelter, transportation and other essential items. 

Halifax (06 Jan. 2023) — The Nova Scotia Minimum Wage Review Committee announced today that the minimum wage would be increased 6 months earlier than anticipated. Previously, the committee had suggested the wage would increase incrementally from $13.60 to $14.50 in April 2023, and then to $15 on October 23, 2023. Also, a new formula to calculate the new wages (inflation plus 1%) will be used starting on April 1, 2024.

Affordability crisis hitting workers hard

This news is being seen by many as a victory for low-income wage earners. Labour activists, community members, and those working with vulnerable communities have been demading an increase, especially as inflation has been rising to levels unseen in decades. 

Justice for Workers Nova Scotia is pressing the NS government to implement the $20 minimum wage, and to immediately tie subsequent wage increase to the inflation rate plus 1%. The minimum wage in Nova Scotia has been stagnant for decades, with only modest increases recently. The increases would help struggling families and low-wage workers cope with the affordability crisis affecting food, shelter, transportation and other essential items. 


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