(Feb. 12/14) Quebec’s hourly minimum wage jumps 20 cents to $10.35, and its tipped wage rises 15 cents to $8.90, on May 1.
Over the last few decades the differential between these two wage classifications has shrunk — from 20 per cent in the 1980s to just eight per cent five years ago. The new rates begin to restore the differential to a level that accounts for the significant income earned through gratuities. CRFA is pleased the Quebec government listened to our message.
The only drawback is the hourly wage hike is slightly higher than the Consumer Price Index (CPI) for 2014. Over the past five years, the minimum wage increase was always in line with CPI.