By October of next year, Manitoba's minimum wage will sit at $15 per hour.
Following consultations with the labour and business communities, the provincial hourly minimum wage will increase to $13.50 from $11.95 on October 1, 2022. Additionally, the province intends a further increase of 65 cents on April 1, 2023, that will raise the minimum wage to $14.15 per hour. With the expected consumer price index increase for 2022, the next indexed adjustment will bring Manitoba’s minimum wage to $15 for October 1, 2023.
Premier Heather Stefanson says her government will soon begin consultations with small businesses on the effects of this change.
"Our government recognizes the financial challenges many Manitobans are facing as a result of global inflationary pressures," says Stefanson. "Today's announcement delivers on our commitment to making life more affordable for all Manitobans. This phased-in approach will ensure small businesses remain strong and continue to grow while helping workers and their families get ahead by earning bigger paycheques. Our balanced approach to increasing the minimum wage will help workers make ends meet while also recognizing the concerns of small businesses who are struggling during this difficult time."