OTTAWA — Canada will raise its minimum wage for federal jobs next month to $16.65 per hour, officials announced Tuesday.
The government says the increases to minimum wage, which is going up from $15.55 to $16.65 per hour on April 1, is to keep pace with inflation based on the Consumer Price Index, which rose by 6.8 per cent in 2022.
“The cost of living is rising, so we’re making sure that wages keep going up too,” said federal labour minister Seamus O’Regan in a statement.
“We’re looking after workers, because that’s how you grow the economy and create more prosperity for everyone.”
The federal minimum wage applies to workers in federally-regulated sectors, such as banking, mailing services and transportation.
Officials say the increase will help make life more affordable for about 26,000 Canadians.