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P.E.I. minimum wage under review by employment standards board

Economy, cost of living and return on investment are some of the factors to be considered in a minimum wage review, to be done by P.E.I. employment standards board.

Employment standards board will take public submissions

The Island's employment standards board is reviewing the minimum wage, currently at $10.50 per hour. (Mark Blinch/Reuters)

The province's employment standards board is reviewing Prince Edward Island's minimum wage, currently $10.50 per hour.

The board weighs a number of factors when making a recommendation on the minimum wage, said Faye Martin, labour and industrial relations manager with the Justice and Public Safety Department.

"They will look at things like any increases in the cost of living that may affect purchasing power. They will look at the economic conditions within the province and they'll look at the concept of reasonable return on private investment," Martin said.

The board welcomes submissions from the public, she said.

"They will take very seriously the submissions they receive."

Cabinet gives final approval to any recommendation the board makes, Martin said.

Submissions are accepted until Oct. 23.

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