A Quebec coalition of workers' rights groups, the Front de Défense des Non-Syndiqués (FDNS), says today's minimum wage increase in Quebec still leaves many in poverty.
The minimum wage in Quebec goes up 25 cents today, to $10.15 per hour.
People who receive tips at their jobs will see their pay rise to $8.75, an increase of 20 cents.
FDNS spokeswoman Mélanie Gauvin says a full-time worker needs to earn $11.37 per hour to live above the poverty line.
In Canada, there is no standard measure of poverty. The most accepted indicator is the low-income cut-off (LICO), which is defined as the income threshold at which families must spend 20 percentage points more than the average family on the basic necessities of food, shelter and clothing.
Quebec Labour Minister Agnès Maltais says today's increases will benefit 365,300 wage earners, 208,800 of whom are women.
Maltais has said the annual minimum wage increase is a way for the government to fight poverty and improve the work environment.
More than 90 percent of minimum wage earners in Quebec work in the service industry, in places such as hotels, restaurants, and retail stores.
Across Canada, the hourly minimum wage is lowest in Alberta at $9.75 and highest in Nunavut, at $11.00.
Minimum wage has been $10.25 in Ontario since 2010 and in British Columbia since 2012.