Minimum wage in Prince Edward Island will increase in three phases from June 2011 to April 2012 to $10 per hour, said Minister of Community Services, Seniors and Labour Janice Sherry.
The executive council has approved the decision to implement the dollar increase as follows:
•$9.30 per hour effective June 1, 2011
•$9.60 per hour effective Oct. 1, 2011
•$10 per hour effective April 1, 2012
"We recognize that employers need time to incorporate increases into their operational plans and that is why government has chosen to implement the wage increase in three stages," said Sherry. "This will provide the Island business community more time to integrate the salary adjustments into their budgets."
The increase will help to further support more hard working Islanders across the province, she said.
The recommended increases are a part of a long-term plan fulfilling the provincial government’s commitment to raise the minimum wage to the Atlantic average, which is $10 per hour.