New Brunswick’s finance minister suggests two-tier minimum wage

Entry-level wage for workers under 18 proposed

New Brunswick’s Finance Minister Blaine Higgs suggested a two-tier minimum wage based on age as one of the many efforts to reduce the province’s debt.

At a pre-budget consultation, Higgs suggested having a lower minimum wage for workers under 18.

Minimum wage in the province is currently $9 per hour and is scheduled to increase to $10 this September. There have been concerns from small business owners about the raise which prompted Higgs’ consideration of a separate entry level wage, according to media reports.

The minister did not indicate the rate of the possible entry level wage.

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