Increase in minimum wage for Quebec workers

January 11, 2011

On December 21st, the Quebec Minister of Labour, Lise Thériault, announced an upcoming increase to the minimum wage. As of May 1st, 2011, the minimum wage currently set at $9.50 per hour shall be increased to $9.65. The hourly wage of employees receiving tips shall be increased by $0.10 per hour, bringing it to $8.35. As a result of this increase, Quebec’s minimum wage rate is amongst one of the highest in the Canadian provinces.

The Minister also announced certain modifications to the remuneration of agricultural workers. For additional information, consult the Ministry website www.travail.gouv.qc.ca.

It is important to remember that the minimum wage is governed by the Labour Standards Act (the LSA) and the Regulation Respecting Labour Standards. An employee covered by the LSA is entitled to receive wages that are at least equal to the minimum wage for each hour worked, including training, initiation and trial periods. Moreover, the minimum wage must be paid in cash and no benefit having pecuniary value may be taken into account in computing the minimum wage, such as lodging or an automobile.

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