06/18/2014 09:20 EDT | Updated 08/18/2014 05:59 EDT

Manitoba Minimum Wage Leaps To $10.70 An Hour Starting Oct. 1

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WINNIPEG - Manitoba is increasing its minimum wage to $10.70 per hour starting Oct. 1.

That's a 25 cent increase from the current minimum wage of $10.45 an hour.

Labour Minister Erna Braun says the NDP government has increased the minimum wage every year since 2000.

Braun says this increase builds on the government's plan to provide the lowest wage earners increased purchasing power.

Braun says that creates a vibrant labour market that will help Manitoba businesses attract and retain workers.

The new increase will put Manitoba the fourth highest among other Canadian jurisdictions.

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