Make Poverty History Manitoba opposes proposed legislation which would tie minimum wage increases to the rate of inflation or less, freezing or lowering the buying power of the most vulnerable workers in Manitoba.

Under Bill 33, The Minimum Wage Indexation Act, future minimum wage increases would be set at the rate of the consumer price index (CPI), or in the case of negative economic conditions such as a recession, no increase will be made. This legislation would give workers only a $0.15 increase in minimum wage in 2017.

“Working should be a route out of poverty, but for some, low wages are a poverty trap. This legislation enshrines minimum wage as a poverty wage, and will leave some Manitobans permanently as far as $8,000 below the poverty line,” said Josh Brandon, chair of Make Poverty History Manitoba.