Manitoba is increasing its minimum wage to $11 as of Oct. 1.
The increase of 30 cents per hour raises the current minimum wage from $10.70. Manitoba will now rank the fourth highest in minimum wage earning minimum among Canadian jurisdictions.
“The Manitoba government has increased the minimum wage every year since 2000, and this most recent increase builds on our efforts to improve the lives of working people and their families, such as creating 14,000 daycare spaces since 1999 and investing $25 million over the next five years in 5,000 new spaces,” said Labour and Immigration Minister Erna Braun.
“Helping to put more money in the pockets of workers helps to keep our economy prosperous, so families can continue to build futures right here in Manitoba.”
The province has also eliminated the small business tax to stay competitive. In 1999, Manitoba had the highest small business tax rate in Canada, said Braun, The province is the only one in the country to have completely eliminated its small business tax, removing 12,000 businesses from the tax rolls and saving each small business owner $55,000 every year.