money web upStarting October 1st, your paycheque is going to see a slight bump up.

That is, if you earn minimum wage dollars.

The provincial rate will go up to $11.25, an increase of 25 cents.

Timmins-James Bay MPP Gilles Bisson says the rates are now tied in with inflation, something they fought for in the last budget.

“We thought it was difficult for both business owners and employees receiving the minimum wage,” he said.

“When you have to wait for the government to do it, sometimes, you can wait three, four, five, six years, nothing to happen and all of a sudden, get a huge spike as far as an increase.”

Bisson adds to have the wage go up every year on a formula is good, so they don’t have to go through the subject like they have in the past.

“It provides for stability for the business owners who have to pay, and as well, provide some certainty for those still working at minimum wage,” he said.

While the general minimum wage increases from the current $11, the minimum wage for students increases to $10.55 and for liquor servers, it rises to $9.80.

Only the Northwest Territories’ is higher, set to hit $12.50 in June.

To give you a scope around the country, here’s a list of other minimum wages in Canada:

  • British Columbia: Currently $10.25 for most workers and $9 for those serving alcohol (increasing to $10.45 and $9.20 respectively in September)
  • Alberta: $10.20 or $9.20 for workers who serve alcohol
  • Saskatchewan: $10.20
  • Manitoba: $10.70
  • Quebec: $10.35 or $8.90 for workers who receive tips (increasing to $10.55 and $9.05 respectively in May)
  • New Brunswick: $10.30
  • Nova Scotia: $10.40 an hour for most workers and $9.90 for “inexperienced” workers; (increasing to $10.60 and $10.10 respectively in April)
  • Prince Edward Island: $10.35 (increasing to $10.50 in July)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: $10.25 (increasing to $10.50 in October)
  • Yukon: $10.72 (increasing to $10.86 in April)
  • Nunavut: $11