Minimum Wage Updates

A minimum wage is the lowest hourly rate that an employer can pay an employee as set out in the legislation for each jurisdiction.

As the list of exemptions varies by jurisdiction and is in some cases quite extensive, it is recommended that employers double-check the act or regulation to ensure their situation is not exempted from the legislation before making any decisions.

The following table gives the minimum wages in effect in all jurisdictions at the time of writing.

Minimum Wages in Effect in all Jurisdictions at the Time of Writing

Jurisdiction Rate/Hour Effective Date
Federal
(Canada Labour Code, Part III)
Aligned with provincial/ territorial minimum wage in each jurisdiction December 1, 1996
  $15.00 December 29, 2021
     
Alberta    
General $15.00 October 1, 2018
Students $13.00 June 26, 2019
British Columbia    
General $15.20 June 1, 2021
Liquor servers $15.20 June 1, 2021
Manitoba    
General $11.90 October 1, 2020
General $11.95 October 1, 2021
Security guard workers $12.50 October 1, 2017
New Brunswick $11.75 April 1, 2021
Newfoundland and Labrador $12.50 April 1, 2021
  $12.75 October 1, 2021
Northwest Territories $13.46 April 1, 2018
  $15.20 September 1,2021
Nova Scotia $12.95 April 1, 2021
Nunavut $16.00 April 1, 2020
Ontario    
General $14.25 October 1, 2020
Students under 18 working 28 hours/week or less $13.40 October 1, 2020
Serving alcohol on licensed property $12.45 October 1, 2020
Ontario    
General $14.35 October 1, 2021
Students under 18 working 28 hours/week or less $13.50 October 1, 2021
Serving alcohol on licensed property $12.55 October 1, 2021
Prince Edward Island $13.00 April 1, 2021
Quebec    
General $13.50 May 1, 2021
Employees receiving tips $10.80 May 1, 2021
Saskatchewan $11.45 October 1, 2020
  $11.81 October 1, 2021
Yukon $13.85 April 1, 2021
  $15.20 August 1, 2021

[1] There are special minimum wage rates for certain categories of employees in government construction work, and counsellors and program staff at residential summer camps.

2 Will increase each year based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

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