In November 2000, the Province announced an increase in the minimum wage to $6.25 per hour effective April 1, 2001.
The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce believes a fair balance in the timing and application of minimum wage reviews and increases must be sought, properly factoring in variances in economic conditions. Any decision should not be based on the political winds of the day, but on well-established criteria, so businesses can forecast impending changes and have greater stability in business planning and budgeting.
Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Recommendations:
- Review the minimum wage every three years
- Base the formal review on the following criteria: CPI (consumer price index), provincial GDP (gross domestic product), provincial employment rates, average private/public sector wage increases, minimum wage levels in other provinces
- Implement a two-category minimum wage – a general minimum wage and a wage for industries with gratuities.
- Provide at least six months notice from when an increase is announced to the effective date.
Adopted by The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce board of directors, July 200