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Quebec’s minimum wage will be increasing by 50 cents on May 1st

Quebec’s minimum wage will be increasing by 50 cents on May 1st
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Beginning May 1st, Quebec's minimum wage will increase by $0.50 per hour, bringing the hourly rate to $15.75.

Quebec's Labour Ministry recently announced that due to the unstable economic climate affecting the retail and restaurant industries, they have made the decision to act accordingly.

Labour Minister Jean Boulet has announced that more than 200,000 workers, including 111,200 women, will benefit from the province's new salary increase.

"It's important to understand that raising the wage too much could have a negative effect and put significant pressure on employers, leading to closures in the retail, restaurant and hospitality sectors, which is undesirable with all the negative consequences this could have on the Quebec economy," said Boulet.

The government announced that it wants the minimum wage to remain at 50 per cent of the median salary. With the new salary, the minimum wage will be at 50.8 percent of the median salary.

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