Manitoba government changes regulations to raise minimum wage in construction industry

The Manitoba government amended the Construction Industry Wages Act regulations to increase the minimum wage for construction workers in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors and in the heavy and better align with apprenticeship regulations.

“The construction sector provides essential services that are a key part of our province’s economic growth,” said Labor, Consumer Protection and Government Services Minister Reg Helwer. “Adequate and appropriate compensation ensures that we are able to recruit and retain the skilled professionals needed to support continued development. More generally, we also continue to consult with the labor and business communities about the minimum wage in Manitoba. We know this is a priority for many Manitobans, given recent inflationary pressures as well as the ongoing challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minister noted that the regulatory changes released today will update the minimum wage schedules in the regulations and add new classifications for Class A and Class B gas fitters to address the recent decoupling of training gas fitters from that of steam-piping, plumbing and refrigeration fitters and air-conditioning mechanics. trades.

Minimum wage regulations for these sectors have not been updated since 2017, which is reflected in the decision to plan for a 14% increase over the next three years. This aims to catch up with inflation since the last increase and keep pace with expected inflation through 2024, the minister said.

The amendment will also change the trainee to skilled tradesperson ratio from one to one to two to one, consistent with a recent change to the apprentice to journeyperson ratio.

The minister noted that these changes were unanimously recommended by industry stakeholders following consultations with a task force that includes employer and employee representatives from Manitoba’s construction industry. The amendments were posted for a 45-day public consultation on the Manitoba Regulatory Consultation Portal, which ended in early June.

The first salary increase under the settlement will take effect on September 1, followed by additional increases on April 1, 2023 and April 1, 2024.