Saskatchewan’s Minimum Wage Board is taking a look at the province’s minimum wage.
Board chairperson Jon Yeo said the review is being undertaken because the provincial minimum wage has not been reviewed in almost two years. Saskatchewan’s minimum wage has been set at $6.65 an hour since Nov. 1, 2002.
“It’s not fair to force minimum wage earners to wait years for a review, and infrequent reviews are also more likely to result in large ‘catch-up’ increases that are not fair to employers,” said Yeo. “Reviewing the minimum wage frequently helps to ensure it more accurately reflects the economic circumstances of the day.”
Yeo said the board hopes to make a recommendation to the province early next year. The board is comprised of two business representatives, two labour representatives and the chairperson.
The board is asking interested individuals and organizations to make written submissions by Sept. 15, 2004. It may also request meetings with individuals or organizations who do make written submissions. Submissions should be sent to:
Saskatchewan Minimum Wage Board
c/o Saskatchewan Labour
1870 Albe Street