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In a news conference on August 18, 2022, Premier Heather Stefanson announced the minimum-wage for Manitoba will increase from $11.95 to $13.50 on October 1, 2022. with a plan to increase it to $15 by October 2023. To reach this goal the province intends a further increase of 65 cents on April 1, 2023, which will raise the minimum wage to $14.15 per hour. The province will return to annual adjustments abased on provincial CPI after October 1, 2023.

The increase to $13.50 on October 1 will make Manitoba’s minimum wage the second-lowest in the country, ahead only of Saskatchewan.

Stefanson said “This phased-in approach will ensure small businesses remain strong and continue to grow while helping workers and their families get ahead by earning bigger paycheques. Our balanced approach to increasing the minimum wage will help workers make ends meet while also recognizing the concerns of small businesses who are struggling during this difficult time.”

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An increase to the minimum wage could create pressure on Manitoba’s small businesses. To reduce this risk the Manitoba government will be consulting with the industry on support programs to help adjust to higher payroll costs.

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