Minimum Wage in CanadaMinimum Wage in Canada

Minimum Wage in Canada

Each Canadian province and territory has a varying labour standard that sets the lowest wage rate (minimum wage) that an employer can pay to employees who are covered by the legislation. Though most minimum wage earners are paid based on the general rates for their jurisdiction, some categories of employees are governed by differing acts or regulations. Certain employees may also fall into a different wage category based on their type, e.g. young workers, workers with disabilities, domestic and live-in care workers, farm labour and homeworkers.

Additionally, workers may be excluded from the general coverage based on their class of work, such as supervisory and managerial employees, students employed in training, participants in job experience and rehabilitation programs, registered apprentices, commission-only salespersons, and some members and students of designated professions.

Use the table below to review the minimum wage rates and standards for each of the thirteen Canadian provinces and territories. Select a province name to view more detailed information about the region.

Province/Territory Working Party - Wage Rate
Alberta
  • General - $12.20 as of October 1, 2016. It will increase to $13.60 October 1, 2017, and to $15 on October 1, 2018.
  • Employee Serving Liquor - $12.20 (as of October 1, 2016, the liquor server rate was eliminated)
  • Specified Salesperson - $486.00 Weekly. It It will increase to $542.00 per week on October 1, 2017, and to $598.00 per week on October 1, 2018.
  • Domestic living in employer’s residence - $2,316.00 Monthly. It will increase to $2,582.00 per month on October 1, 2017, and to $2,848.00 per month on October 1, 2018.
  • Click here for additional payroll information in Alberta.
British Columbia (B.C.)
  • General - $10.85 as of September 15, 2016 (increasing to $11.35 on September 15, 2017)
  • Employee Serving Liquor - $9.60 as of September 15, 2015. It will increase to $10.10 on September 15, 2017).
  • Click here for additional payroll information in BC.
Manitoba
  • General - $11.00 as of October 1, 2016
  • Security Guard - $12.50 as of October 1, 2016. After September 30, 2017, the minimum wage for security guards is set to remain at $2.25 higher than the provincial minimum wage.
  • Click here for additional payroll information in Manitoba.
New Brunswick
  • General - $11.00 as of April 1, 2017. It will then be adjusted annually relative to the Consumer Price Index.
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Newfoundland & Labrador
  • $10.75 as of April 1, 2017 and then to $11.00 on October 1, 2017.
  • Click here for additional payroll information in Newfoundland.
Northwest Territories
  • $12.50 as of June 1, 2015.
  • Click here for additional payroll information in NWT.
Nova Scotia
  • Employed more than 3 months (experienced) - $10.85 as of April 1, 2017. Increases occur annually on April 1st (adjusted relative to the Consumer Price Index).
  • Employed less than 3 months (inexperienced) - $10.20.

    The province of Nova Scotia also has a standard with regard to an employer who provides an employee with board, lodging, or both and the employer cannot deduct from the employee's minimum wage more than the following rates:

  • Board only - $55.55 per week
  • Lodging Only - $15.45 per week
  • Board and Lodging - $68.20 per week
  • Meals - $3.65 per meal
  • Click here for additional payroll information in Nova Scotia.
Nunavut
  • General - $13.00 as of April 1, 2017. The wage is adjusted annually on April 1.
  • Click here for additional payroll information in Nunavut.
Ontario
  • General - $11.40 as of October 1, 2016
  • Students under 18 and working not more than 28 hours per week or during a school holiday - $10.70
  • Serving liquor on licensed premises - $9.90
  • Hunting and fishing guides working less than five consecutive hours in a day - $56.95
  • Hunting and fishing guides working five or more hours in a day whether or not the hours are consecutive - $113.95
  • Homeworkers - $12.55

    The following maximums apply when rooms, accomodations or meals are calculated in the minimum wage:

  • Private room - $31.70/weekly Non-private room - $15.85/weekly
  • Non-private (domestic only) - $0.00 Meals - $2.55/each, $53.55/weekly
  • Private room and meals - $85.25/weekly
  • Non-private room and meals - $69.40/weekly
  • Non-private room (domestic only) - $53.55
  • Housing for farm workers only (commodities such as electricity etc. are provided by the employer) - $99.35/weekly
  • Housing Accommodation (unserviced housing) - $73.30/weekly
  • Click here for additional payroll information in Ontario.
Prince Edward Island (PEI)
  • General - $11.25 as of April 1, 2017.

    Effective 1 May 2009, the maximum amounts that may be deducted from the wages of an employee where the employer furnishes board and lodging are as follows:
  • Board only - $45.00/week
  • Lodging only - $25.00/week
  • Board and Lodging - $56.00/week
  • Meals - $3.75/meal
  • Click here for additional payroll information in PEI.
Quebec
  • General - $10.75 as of May 1, 2016. It will increase to $11.25 on May 1, 2017.
  • $9.20 for restaurant or hotel employees who receive tips.
  • Click here for additional payroll information in Quebec.
Saskatchewan
  • General - $10.72 as of October 1, 2016. The minimum wage is adjusted annually on October 1st, relative to the Consumer Price Index and Average Hourly Wage.
  • Click here for additional payroll information in Saskatchewan.
Yukon
  • General - $11.32 as of April 1, 2017. The minimum wage is adjusted annually on April 1st, relative to the Consumer Price Index for Whitehorse.
  • Click here for additional payroll information in the Yukon.

 


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