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Economy

GNWT’s wage top-up program to end August 31

Last modified: August 26, 2021 at 1:10pm


A program that saw the wages of workers who made less than $18 an hour topped up will expire August 31, the territorial government confirmed to Cabin Radio.

The wage top-up program, which came into effect as of April 1, 2020, was extended several times throughout the pandemic to raise the earnings of low-wage workers.

When inquiring if the program would be extended an additional time, the territory’s Department of Finance said it is slated to end next week.

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“The program has provided enhancements to NWT low-wage workers during public health restrictions, while the Canadian Emergency Relief Benefit was in effect,” a spokesperson from the department said.

In September, the territory’s minimum wage is set to increase from $13.46 to $15.20, putting it second highest in Canada behind Nunavut.

The wage top-up program has seen a total of 3,277 people use the program since its inception.

Currently, 105 businesses participate in the program and 130 employees who work at non-participating businesses receive the subsidy.

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The total cost to run the program as of August 24 has been $5,023,533.

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