On October 1, 2017, Nova Scotia became the province with the lowest minimum wage in the country. This needs to change.

There is a wave of rising minimum wages sweeping our country and, indeed, the continent. In our own country, two of our most populous provinces will raise their minimum wage to $15 by 2019. Alberta will move first in 2018, followed by Ontario in 2019. Already, Alberta’s minimum wage has increased by $1.40 to $13.60, while Ontario’s level has risen to $11.60.

There is mounting evidence of the benefits that a significant increase to the minimum wage brings for workers and the broader economy. In contrast, wage stagnation dampens consumer demand, while growing income inequality takes a toll on our economy and our society as a whole.