MONTREAL —Quebec’s labour minister Dominique Vien has announced a series of annual minimum-wage increases from now until 2020.
Most recently, minimum wage increases throughout Canada have caused concern among the nation’s restaurateurs, who cite that rampant and arbitrary increases in provincial minimum wages result in fewer jobs and hours for workers, affecting youth workers the greatest.
“We applaud the government for not bowing to pressure to increase minimum wage to an arbitrary number that would have hurt businesses, the employees they could no longer keep, as well as youth seeking first-time job opportunities,” says Joyce Reynolds, executive VP of Government Affairs, Restaurants Canada.
The following are the announced minimum wage increases for Quebec:
- $11.25 (May 1, 2017)
- $11.75 (2018)
- $12.10 (2019)
- $12.45 (2020)
The minimum wage for tipped employees will remain at a differential from regular minimum wage. On May 1, 2017, it will rise from $9.20 to $9.45. It will increase by 25 cents in 2018 and 15 cents in 2019 and 2020 — where it will reach $10.15.