P.E.I. has highest percentage minimum wage earners
9.3% of Island workers earning minimum wage
P.E.I. has the highest percentage of workers earning minimum wage among the provinces, according to a report just released by Statistics Canada.
In 2013, 9.3 per cent of Island workers earned minimum. The Canadian average is 6.7 per cent. Alberta has the lowest percentage on minimum wage, at 1.8 per cent.
The minimum wage on P.E.I. increased last month to $10.20 an hour, which is above the national average of $10.14.
The report studied the average minimum wage from 1975 to 2013 in Canada, and found that, taking inflation into account, the wage is about the same now as it was in 1975.
The report found that young people and people working in retail and hospitality industries were most likely to be paid minimum wage.