Updated: Quebec hikes minimum wage to $11.25 as of May 1

Updated: Quebec hikes minimum wage to $11.25 as of May 1

Quebec Labour Minister Dominique Vien flanked by Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao, left, and Quebec Employment and Social Solidarity Minister Francois Blais announces an increase in the minimum wage, Thursday, January 19, 2017 at the legislature in Quebec City. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Quebec is boosting the province’s minimum wage to $11.25 from $10.75, effective May 1.

The 50-cent increase is the biggest since 2010, Labour Minister Dominique Vien said Thursday.

She said the minimum wage will rise to $12.45 by 2020 and that the government hopes it will be equivalent at that point to 50 per cent of the average salary.

Ontario’s minimum wage currently stands at $11.40 and British Columbia’s at $10.85, while Alberta’s $12.20 is set to rise to $15 in October 2018.

The Canadian Press

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