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    Minimum wage increase, minimal impact on poverty reduction

    The jurisdiction with the nation’s highest cost of living will increase the hourly rate earned by its lowest paid workers from $11 to $13 on April 1, making Nunavut’s minimum wage the highest in Canada.

    Legislators approved the increase in October after reviewing the rate as required under Nunavut’s Labour Standards Act. The rate was last increased from $10 to $11 per hour in 2011.

    The government solicited public input into the change and “the few responses received were all in support,” according to a spokesperson from Nunavut’s department of Justice. Eighty businesses consulted by the government “overwhelmingly” supported the increase, as “almost all businesses were already paying $13 or more.”

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