New Brunswick Liberal leader promises pay equity, $14 minimum wage

Equity measures would apply to firms with more than 50 staff by 2022
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 09/17/2018
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Former New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant with former British Columbia Premier Christy Clark in Ottawa on Jan. 30, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

MONCTON, N.B. (CP) — New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant says he would impose pay equity on the province's large businesses if his party is re-elected.

He says new pay equity measures would apply to government and other public sector groups by 2020, and to private firms with more than 50 employees by 2022.

The 2020 deadline would apply to quasi-public organizations, like universities and nursing homes.

The province introduced the Pay Equity Act in 2009, which gave employers time to implement the change, for government and Gallant says an amended act could follow the same process.

The Liberal leader also pledged to raise the minimum wage to $14 and freeze power rates for four years.

Voters head to the polls on Sept. 24.

"With pay equity on track to be implemented across all parts of government by the end of 2018, we will pass legislation that imposes pay equity on big businesses, local governments, and organizations in the quasi-public sphere so that we can create a fairer economy," Gallant said in a statement.

The government says New Brunswick had the second-lowest gender wage gap in Canada in 2017.

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