In its review of the minimum wage, the provincial government is considering the following options, some of which should concern small business owners:
- Ensure that all New Brunswick employees working full-time are earning high enough wages to be above the low-income threshold.
- Keep pace with the minimum wage rates set in other jurisdictions.
- Maintain the relative level of pay between the minimum wage and the median wage.
With Alberta’s minimum wage now officially set at $15 an hour for 2018, unions and other activists are calling for the New Brunswick government to follow suit.
CFIB will take every opportunity to remind government of its responsibility under the Regulatory Accountability and Reporting Act to be transparent on the costs and burdens of regulation.