P.E.I. minimum wage increases on Canada Day

The minimum wage on P.E.I. goes up on July 1 from $10.35 an hour to $10.50.

President of P.E.I. Federation of Labour says increase still isn't enough

Minister of Workforce and Advanced Learning, Richard Brown, says minimum wage will increase to $10.50 on July 1. (Angela Walker/CBC)

The minimum wage on P.E.I. goes up on July 1 from $10.35 an hour to $10.50.

The announcement of the increase was actually made back in December but is just coming into effect now.

P.E.I. Federation of Labour president Carl Pursey said it's a step in the right direction but should be much higher.

"It's still no where's near enough because workers need to make a living income so they can put food on their tables and that type of thing for when they are working," said Pursey. "And they just can't do it even at $10.50 ... It should be at least $12 an hour if not more."

The Minister of Workforce and Advanced Learning Richard Brown said for years the minimum wage was tied to the cost of living but in 2007, the P.E.I. government broke that trend and surpassed that.   

"Right now if we were continuing on the path of cost of living, the minimum wage would be around $8.50," said Brown. "And that's why we broke from that trend and in the past seven or eight years we've been increasing it higher than the [consumer price index] and we think that's just the right thing to do."

On Monday, Alberta announced its minimum wage is going up by $1 starting this October to $11.20, with the goal of an increase to $15 an hour by 2018.

Brown said the P.E.I. government will be looking at what happens there and in other provinces as part of a continuous review.