Minimum wage in Quebec will go from $10.35 an hour to $10.55 an hour next spring.
Quebec Labour Minister Sam Hamad said the provincial government made that decision as a way to motivate those who are on welfare to enter the workforce.
“People need to know that working is more lucrative,” Hamad said.
The minister estimated the hike will mean that a single parent with two children living on welfare would bring home 30 per cent more money with a full-time job working 40 hours a week at minimum wage.
The government says that the 20-cent increase to the hourly minimum wage is 0.1 per cent higher than the rate of inflation foreseen for the new year.
In Quebec, 270,000 people earn minimum wage — more than half of them women.