01/31/2014 11:49 EST | Updated 04/02/2014 05:12 EDT

Nova Scotia to increase hourly minimum wage to $10.40 as of April 1

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's minimum wage will be increased by 10 cents an hour as of April 1.

The provincial government says it accepted a recommendation to raise it to $10.40 per hour from a committee that reviewed the minimum wage.

The hourly wage for someone with less than three months' experience is also increasing by 10 cents an hour, to $9.90.

Nova Scotia has the fourth highest minimum wage rate in the country, behind Nunavut, Yukon and Manitoba.

Once Ontario's planned increase to $11 per hour takes effect in June, Nova Scotia's minimum wage will be fifth.