A proposal to link minimum wage increases to the rate of inflation is being lauded by some and panned by others.
A bill is before the Legislature that would see annual minimum wage increases that match the consumer price index as measured by Statistics Canada.
Chair of Make Poverty History Manitoba Josh Brandon says he would be fine with such a move, if the minimum wage is brought up to $15/hour first.
He says minimum wage in Manitoba right now is a poverty wage, and tying it to inflation would entrench it as such. He says at Make Poverty History, they’re suggesting linking minimum wage to the poverty line.
“Once we get minimum wage up to a level that’s adequate for providing for families, then (it can) go up every year after that. But to start at such a low base would just keep families in poverty,” says Brandon.