In September, the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce submitted its recommendations to the provincial Employment Standards Board’s Annual Minimum Wage Rate Review.

Recommendations to the Employment Standard Board included that the provincial government: tie future minimum wage increases to the prior year’s Consumer Price Index; fulfill its election promise to increase the Basic Personal Amount to $12,000 and once this takes place, tie subsequent Basic Personal Amount increases to the Consumer Price Index; mandate a notice of minimum wage rate change (that is tied to CPI) be given no later than six months before a scheduled increase; develop a long-term strategy for minimum wage as a way to create a process that is open and transparent; and if PEI’s economic conditions do not improve, and 2020 CPI figures suggest an increase to the minimum wage is appropriate, government implement programming supports to help businesses that are most adversely affected by mandatory wage increases.

Click here to access and download a copy of the submission.