Minimum wage going to $10 on P.E.I.
The minimum wage on P.E.I. is going up and will hit $10 an hour next year.
The provincial government announced Monday morning the wage, currently at $9, would go up in three steps.
- $9.30 per hour on June 1, 2011
- $9.60 per hour on Oct. 1, 2011
- $10.00 per hour on April 1, 2012
Labour Minister Janice Sherry said it was important for P.E.I. to keep pace with the rest of the region.
"One of the biggest issues is to create parity in Atlantic Canada in order for us to stay competitive," Sherry told CBC News Monday.
"We have to be in the ball park with our sister provinces."
The minimum wage in Newfoundland and Labrador moved to $10 an hour last summer. In New Brunswick it's $9.50 and will move to $10 Sep. 1. Nova Scotia's minimum wage is $9.65.
Sherry said P.E.I.'s minimum wage is being moved up in stages in order to give employers time to adjust.
The last minimum wage increase on the Island was on Oct 1.