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Manitoba Students Benefit from Wage Increase
By: Matt F., Grade 12, Garden Valley Collegiate, Winkler, NF

The Manitoba minimum wage has increased 25 cents to $6.25. The increase took effect on April 1, 2001. Manitoba now has the seventh highest minimum wage in Canada, with British Columbia having the highest.

This increase affects many GVC students who have after school part-time jobs. Josh Klassen, a GVC student, suggests that the government is introducing the increase “so they can tax more.” Most students, however, say the cost of living in Manitoba is increasing and are happy “to be making a little more money than before.

The minimum-wage increase also affects the businesses. Local small-business owner Laurence Klassen says he is not looking forward to the extra expenses, but that there is little he can do about it. He joked that the minimum-wage increase might change the way he runs his business. “I guess I’ll have to get the guys to earn the extra pay by working harder.” And he added, “Seriously, I think the prices may eventually go up to cover the extra expense.”

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