NDP government would reinstate the federal minimum wage

Hard working families deserve a decent living and this is the reason why the NDP committed today to restore the federal minimum wage and set a path to reach fifteen dollars per hour in their first mandate.

“All Canadians who work hard and play by the rules should be able to make a decent living. Restoring the federal minimum wage will help workers make ends meet and help to build a fairer and healthier economy,” said NDP Leader Tom Mulcair.

The NDP plan would reverse the Liberal government’s 1996 decision to scrap the federal minimum wage and incrementally increase it to $15 per hour for workers in federally regulated sectors across the country. Improving the minimum wage is widely recognized as a key tool to reduce income inequality.

“Improving the minimum wage is key to reducing income inequality and building a fairer economy", said Mr Mulcair. "Canadians can count on New Democrats to undo the harm done by the Liberals and Conservatives and set an example to boost standards for all workers.”