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Manitoba employers will no longer be able to pay disabled workers less

Jennifer Howard, MB Minister of Family Services and Labour.

Credits: Chris Procaylo/QMI Agency

QMI AGENCY

WINNIPEG — Disabled Manitobans will soon be legally entitled to minimum wage, the government says.

Labour Minister Jennifer Howard announced Monday that the exemption that allowed employers to apply for permits to pay people with disabilities less will be scrapped.

"This change is the result of extensive discussions with disability rights organizations and will ensure that persons with disabilities are treated fairly in the workplace, and that our work is equally valued," Howard told a disabilities forum. "This is another step in Manitoba's commitment to respond to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities."

The province said in a statement that the "less than 20" permits in existence will continue to be honoured.
Over 200 such exemptions were granted in the 1990s.
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