FREDRICTON (GNB) – New Brunswickers are reminded that the minimum wage increased to $11.50 per hour today.

“Our government is committed to providing predictable increases to the minimum wage to help both employers and employees in our province,” said Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour Minister Trevor Holder. “Linking the minimum wage to an economic indicator like the consumer price index will protect the purchasing power of minimum-wage earners and allow New Brunswick employers to be better prepared for increases when they occur.”

The minimum wage rate is indexed to the province’s consumer price index, rounded to the nearest five cents. Other jurisdictions, such as Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador and Yukon, also link minimum wage to the consumer price index.

The New Brunswick consumer price index grew by 2.13 per cent in 2018.

The provincial government and the governments of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador have agreed to harmonize the date of effect of any minimum wage increase to April 1.