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September 29, 2016

MANITOBA GOVERNMENT CONSULTING AN APPROACH TO MINIMUM WAGE


Province Asks for Input from Labour Management Review Committee: Cullen

As the Manitoba government seeks ways to foster long-term, sustainable economic growth, the province is seeking the input of Manitoba taxpayers and business owners on a new approach to minimum wage, Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen announced today.

“Employers and workers across Manitoba are directly impacted by changes to our province’s minimum wage,” said Cullen.  “Our government welcomes the input of all Manitobans as we consult on an approach to minimum wage in our province that will ensure we are well positioned to grow our economy, increase employment and allow Manitobans to keep more money in their pockets.”

The provincial government has been provided with survey data collected by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business on minimum wage policy in Manitoba and the minister has asked the Labour Management Review Committee (LMRC) for its input, with a request the committee focus specifically on recommendations related to the implementation of an indexing formula that would automatically adjust the minimum wage on an annual basis.

The LMRC is comprised of representatives of business and labour and provides a forum for discussion of labour and management issues.  The minister noted the committee’s mandate is to promote a harmonious labour relations climate and to foster effective labour management co-operation in support of the economic and social well-being of Manitobans.

Cullen said the provincial government yesterday unveiled the most comprehensive pre-budget consultation process in this province’s history with a new form of public input through an online tool at www.YourProvinceYourPlan.ca.  The online resource features an interactive tool allowing individuals to build their own provincial budget.  Participants are asked a series of questions about their provincial budget preferences on topics ranging from health care and red tape to infrastructure and innovation.  In addition, in-person meetings are being held in several communities across Manitoba.  The meetings will focus on the themes of efficiency, opportunities for growth and northern economic development and detailed questions will be provided to guide conversations.

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