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article imageNova Scotia minimum wage workers get raise in pay

By Kevin Jess     Sep 30, 2010 in Lifestyle
Halifax - Nova Scotians who currently work for minimum wage will see an increase in their paychecks beginning October 1, 2010. It is the last of four wage increases scheduled since 2008.
The minimum wage in Nova Scotia is increasing to $9.65 per hour on Friday, October 1. This is a 4.9 per cent increase from $9.20.
Marilyn More, Minister of Labour and Workforce Development said in a press release, "Making life better for families in every region includes making sure people are paid fairly for their work. We have carefully considered each of the recent increases in light of the province’s current economic situation and continue to agree with the recommendations that were originally made by the review committee."
The move will affect approximately 22,000 workers in the province who currently earn minimum wage and is the last of four scheduled increases that began in May, 2008.
This final increase brings a full-time minimum wage worker to the low income cutoff for a single individual. The low income cutoff, set by Statistics Canada, represents the threshold where people are devoting a significantly larger than average percentage of their income to the basic necessities of food, shelter, and clothing.
This pay raise is in line with the province's commitment to its Poverty Reduction Strategy that was put in place in 2009.
In addition to minimum wage increases, government has also introduced rebates and tax credits, like the Affordable Living Tax Credit and the Poverty Reduction Credit. Other programs and initiatives include a $6 million dollar loan program to help child-care facilities expand, and Target 100 that connects unemployed or under-employed Nova Scotians with jobs that meet today's labour market needs.
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