The minimum wage for workers in Yukon rises to $9.27 an hour on April 1.

It is the lowest minimum wage in Canada, even with the increase, and NDP leader Liz Hanson says it's a national embarrassment.


Yukon NDP leader Liz Hanson is calling for the territory's minimum wage to increase to at least $10 an hour. (CBC)

"I think it's a cruel April fool’s joke to suggest $9.27 an hour is anywhere near a livable wage," she said.

"Somebody who's earning a minimum wage is plowing it all back into the economy. There's no savings account for them. So it's a sad commentary that we would be at the bottom of the pack in Canada."

Hanson is calling for a raise to at least $10 an hour.

Yukon’s minimum wage had been $9 an hour since April 1, 2011.

The Yukon Employment Standards Board is reviewing the minimum wage but has not concluded its deliberations.

The last review of the minimum wage in 2005 increased it to $8.25 an hour on April 1, 2006, and established annual increases by an inflationary factor based on the Consumer Price Index.

The minimum wage in N.W.T. is $10. Nunavut has the country’s highest minimum wage at $11 an hour.