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YELLOWKNIFE (January 13, 2015) – Minister or Education, Culture and Employment Jackson Lafferty announced a substantial increase to the Northwest Territories minimum wage today.
Effective June 1, 2015, the minimum wage will increase from $10.00 per hour to $12.50 per hour, giving the NWT one of the highest minimum wages in Canada. The increase was based on findings from the Minimum Wage Committee, appointed by Minister Lafferty in 2013 to research, engage stakeholders and provide options on the minimum wage rate in the NWT.
“We all want to lead successful and prosperous lives. We all want opportunities that enable us to take care of our families and support our communities. And we all want to be fairly compensated for our work,” said Minister Lafferty. “The move to increase the minimum wage is part of ongoing Government of the Northwest Territories efforts to support the people of the NWT and ensure they have opportunities, possibilities, and a fair wage.”
Minister Lafferty appointed the Minimum Wage Committee in 2013 after a public call for applications. The members were chosen to represent the GNWT, the interests of employers and employees, and social agencies. The committee conducted extensive research, looked at economic and social factors, compared costs of living across jurisdictions, and surveyed minimum wages across Canada. Following their deliberations, the Committee provided options to the Minister for his consideration.
“The Committee provided me with three options to address the need for an increase,” said the Minister. “We looked very carefully at each and determined that the $12.50 option would not only serve to help those people working under minimum wage, but would be manageable for employers.”
For more information, view the attached materials, or visit www.ece.gov.nt.ca.
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