MONCTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers are reminded that the minimum wage will increase to $11.25 per hour from $11 per hour on April 1.

“New Brunswickers want their government to make investments to help the economy. They also want us to make investments that will improve their quality of life,” said Finance Minister Cathy Rogers. “Increasing the minimum wage will not only help to strengthen and stimulate the economy, it will also help to keep more money in the pockets of the lowest-paid workers so they can continue to live and work in New Brunswick.”

Rogers spoke on behalf of Labour, Employment and Population Growth Minister Gilles LePage.

The minimum wage will be indexed to the corresponding increase in the New Brunswick consumer price index. New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island have harmonized the date of effect for any minimum wage increase to April 1.

“Indexing minimum wage increases to the consumer price index is an important step,” said Rogers. “It will provide fairness and consistency to minimum wage earners by ensuring that their wages keep pace with the rising costs of goods and services. It will also provide New Brunswick business owners with more predictability so they can better plan for their future.”

This marks the fourth increase to the province’s minimum wage since December 2014. It also fulfills a commitment made under the government’s poverty reduction plan.