FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers are reminded that the minimum wage will increase from $10.65 per hour to $11 per hour on April 1.

“Helping families is one of our government’s priorities,” said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Donald Arseneault. “Increasing the minimum wage will put more money in the pockets of hard-working New Brunswickers and have a positive effect on the provincial economy, so families can continue to live and work here in New Brunswick.”

This marks the third increase to the province’s minimum wage since December 2014. Increasing the minimum wage honours a commitment made under the government’s poverty reduction plan.

“Raising the minimum wage will increase the income of the lowest-paid workers, enhance social equality, and help the most vulnerable in our province,” said Arseneault. “The increase will also strengthen and stimulate the economy, which will benefit small businesses in all regions of the province.”

The government recently held a summit on reducing poverty as part of the development of the New Brunswick Family Plan.