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Manitoba labour minister to meet with construction industry about wage review

Manitoba labour minister to meet with construction industry about wage review

WINNIPEG – Manitoba Labour Minister Malaya Marcelino will meet with the province’s construction industry to review wages.

The Construction Industry Wages Act (CIWA) Review Panel will be convened to look at necessary updates to the legislation and regulations that set, among other items, minimum wages in the construction industry, a Manitoba Heavy Construction Association (MCHA) release said.

“It is important to stay current with the market in setting minimum wages. Our industry, by and large, pays above the minimum wages and the labour market today is very competitive so attracting new and skilled workers is a priority,” MHCA president and CEO Chris Lorenc said in a statement.

Industry requested the panel be convened and the release said it would consist of representatives from labour and industry, chaired by an independent third party.

The meeting will discuss industry priorities prior to the review panel’s agenda being established, the release added.

CIWA sets out the minimum hourly and overtime wage rates, and the standard hours of work per day, week or month in the heavy construction, and the industrial, commercial and institutional construction industry sectors.

The last four-stage schedule for regulated wage increases was set in 2022 and the latest increase happened April 1, 2024. Separate schedules are written for the heavy construction and the ICI sectors of the industry, the release said.

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