Manitoba will now be among the top three provinces (excluding territories) in terms of minimum wage. The increase is expected to benefit many low-income workers in the province, although some argue that it still falls short of a living wage.
To support small businesses during this transition, the government has implemented a temporary subsidy. This subsidy provides businesses with up to 50 cents an hour for each worker earning minimum wage, up to a maximum of 20 workers.
The increase in minimum wage is seen as a positive step towards improving the financial well-being of low-income earners in Manitoba. However, there are ongoing discussions about what constitutes a living wage and whether further increases are necessary to ensure that workers can meet their basic needs.