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.

Canada Payroll ServiceAdditionally, 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 - $13.60 as of October 1, 2016. It will increase to $15.00 October 1, 2018.
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British Columbia (B.C.)
  • General - $11.35 as of September 15, 2017.
  • Employee Serving Liquor - $10.10 as of September 15, 2017).
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Manitoba
  • General - $11.15 as of October 1, 2017.
  • Security Guard - $13.40. After September 30, 2017, the minimum wage for security guards is set to remain at $2.25 higher than the provincial minimum wage.
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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
  • $11.00 as of October 1, 2017.
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Northwest Territories
  • $12.50 as of June 1, 2015.
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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.
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Nunavut
  • General - $13.00 as of April 1, 2017. The wage is adjusted annually on April 1.
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Ontario
  • General - $14.00 as of January 1, 2018 (increasing to $15.00 per hour on January 1, 2019).
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Prince Edward Island (PEI)
  • $11.25 as of April 1, 2017.
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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.
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Saskatchewan
  • General - $10.96 as of October 1, 2017. The minimum wage is adjusted annually on October 1st, relative to the Consumer Price Index and Average Hourly Wage.
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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.
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