Starting December 29th, 2021, the federal government is officially raising the federal minimum wage to $15
This follows Royal Assent being granted to the government’s Budget Implementation Act, 2021, No. 1. This will apply to all federally regulated private sector, which includes industries like banks, telecommunications, and radio and television broadcasting.
This will benefit over 26,000 workers across the nation.
The federal government committed to implementing this increase in wages partially due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the Budget, the government says the pandemic has “increased focus on the essential work done by a large proportion of minimum wage-earning workers.”
Minister of Labour Filomena Tassi says “thousands of hard-working Canadians will see their incomes rise to at least $15 per hour as a result of this change, helping them with things like groceries, rent, sports or extracurricular activities for their kids.”
Details of the Federal Minimum Wage Legislative Amendment:
“This Legislative amendment directly benefits more than 26,000 workers in the federally regulated private sector, who are in low-wage jobs that earn less than $15 per hour. As 59 per cent of workers earning minimum wage in the federally regulated private sector are men, more men will benefit from this change. Many of these workers were not born in Canada. Of the more than 26,000 workers in total who will benefit 36 per cent are newcomers and recent immigrants to Canada”
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