New Brunswick minimum wage to remain tied to Consumer Price Index

Published March 20, 2019

The Progressive Conservative government of New Brunswick has committed to keep minimum wage increases tied to the province’s consumer price index, rounded to the nearest five cents. (Click here to read a news release about this announcement from the New Brunswick government.)

The minimum wage in New Brunswick will increase on April 1 from $11.25 to $11.50 per hour. This increase reflects the 2.13 per cent growth of the province’s consumer price index in 2018.

This is one of the recommendations that Restaurants Canada made during the provincial election campaign in September. (Click here to learn more about the key issues that Restaurants Canada rallied around during the 2018 New Brunswick election campaign.)

Linking minimum wage increases to the consumer price index provides foodservice businesses with transparency and predictability. It’s a policy that helps them plan their operations in ways that make the most sense for their staff and customers, allow them to more easily support philanthropic initiatives in their communities, and better contribute to economic prosperity through expansion and growth.

Other jurisdictions that currently link minimum wage increases to growth in the consumer price index include Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Yukon.

The four provincial governments of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador are still committed to introduce minimum wage increases on the same date each year, as they agreed in 2017, thanks in part to advocacy from Restaurants Canada. This harmonization makes operational planning easier for foodservice businesses with multiple locations across the Atlantic Canada region.

Click here to see all minimum wage increases taking effect in Atlantic Canada on April 1, 2019.

If you have any questions or would like more information, you can get in touch with Luc Erjavec, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Atlantic Canada, at lerjavec@restaurantscanada.org or 1-800-387-5649 ext. 5000.

Kartikey Bhargava

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