The hike from the existing $14.25 minimum wage is the province’s greatest percentage increase since 1995.
This hike will help about 300,000 employees, according to the Ministry of Labour.
However, some anti-poverty organizations says that despite increased living costs, the rise is still insufficient to cover basic necessities such as shelter and food.
According to Virginie Larivière, spokesperson for the Collective for a Poverty-Free Quebec, the raise is insufficient considering rampant inflation.
“Too little, too late.” We’ve been asking for $15 an hour since 2016, but $15.25 in 2023 is definitely insufficient,” she added.
The social and labour organizations that started the “Minimum 15” campaign are now advocating for the minimum wage to be raised to $18 per hour.
“That’s the minimum. It’s a demand we’ve been making for two years. Obviously, with the inflation of the last few years, we can assume that $18 an hour is not enough to even think about being lifted out of poverty,” said Larivière.
New minimum wage in Quebec will be quite lower than the federal minimum wage of $16.65 which came in effect on April 1, 2023.
Minimum Wage in Quebec and Rest Of Canada
|Geography||Minimum Wage Per Hour||Next Raise Date||Minimum Wage|
after Next Raise
|Canada (Federally regulated private sectors)||$16.65||April 1, 2024||$17.75 (estimated)|
|Ontario||$15.50||October 1, 2023||$16.55|
|Manitoba||$14.15||October 1, 2023||$15.30|
|New Brunswick||$14.75||April 1, 2024 (Expected)||$15.50 (estimated)|
|Nova Scotia||$14.50||October 1, 2023||$15|
|Saskatchewan||$13.00||October 1, 2023||$15|
|Newfoundland & Labrador||$14.50||October 1, 2023||$15|
|Alberta||$15.00||To Be Decided (TBD)||TBD|
|British Columbia||$15.65||To Be Decided (TBD)||TBD|
|Quebec||$15.25||May 1, 2024||TBD|
|Nunavut||$16.00||To Be Decided (TBD)||TBD|
|Prince Edward Island||$14.50||October 1, 2023||$15|
|Northwest Territories||$15.20||September 1, 2023||$16 (estimated)|
|Yukon||$16.77||April 1, 2024||$17.50(estimated)|
Who can be paid the minimum wage meant for tip-takers in Quebec?
If a worker works full- or part-time in the following industries and regularly receives tips, he or she is regarded as a worker who receives tips and gratuities.
1. Restaurants except for fast-food businesses
2. A business that sells, distributes, or serves food for off-site consumption.
3. An establishment that serves alcohol or hosts an event where it is sold
4. A rail or ship with a store selling food or booze
5. A place that provides lodging for tourists, including campgrounds.
What is wage disparity?
An employer is not permitted to provide a worker a lower hourly rate based only on the fact that the worker is employed, such as because the worker typically works less hours per week, than it pays its workers who carry out the same responsibilities in the same place.
What are tips ?
A tip (also known as a gratuity) is a sum of money that a consumer voluntarily decides to provide in exchange for a service. The sum might be added to the bill as service costs.
Employers who collect the tip must remit it in full to the worker who delivered the service to the consumer.
What is the highest minimum wage in Canada?
Yukon has the highest minimum wage at $16.77 per hour, followed by Federal minimum wage that is $16.65 per hour, and Nunavut which has the minimum wage of $16 per hour.