Saskatchewanâ€™s Rising Cost of Living
Consumer prices decreased in June from May in nine provinces (all except Alberta). But Saskatchewan was tied for the smallest monthly price decline: -0.3%.
Compared to the rest of Canada, Saskatchewan residents experienced nearly the largest increase in the cost of living over the past year and received a relatively small break last month.
The provincial governmentâ€™s proposed labour law changes threaten to weaken the ability of workers to collectively bargain pay increases that keep pace with the rising cost of living. Saskatchewan now has Canadaâ€™s second-lowest minimum wage. The government should boost the minimum wage to a more reasonable level and then consistently increase it with inflation.