Manitoba's minimum wage to increase to $9

25-cent increase will take effect Oct. 1

Manitoba's minimum wage is increasing 25 cents to $9 on Oct. 1, the second such increase in 2009.

"It is important to continue to help lower-income earners by boosting spending power while at the same time minimizing impacts on business with the staggered increase," said Labour and Immigration Minister Nancy Allan.

"This minimum wage increase will help about 28,000 Manitobans."

With this increase, Manitoba maintains its position near the middle of minimum wage rates among Canadian jurisdictions with Alberta, Yukon, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador at or near $9 an hour.

Future minimum wage increases will be examined by the Labour Management Review Committee on which both labour and management are represented.

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