The New Democratic Party is pressing the Nova Scotia government to follow a trend among larger provinces to boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour, a move the NDP leader says will help reduce youth outmigration.

“I would say that almost everyone from every political stripe or theoretical angle who studies our situation in Nova Scotia agrees that a key challenge for us is to be able to retain more of our young people, to stem this century-long outflow of our most capable young people … to other places and other parts of the country,” Gary Burrill told The Chronicle Herald.

“In order to do this, we have to become something other than a low-wage jurisdiction. At the moment, it’s not that we are floating somewhere around the middle of the pack somewhere, but on Oct. 1 of this year we became the province in Canada with the single lowest minimum wage.”