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 ($15.00 October 1, 2018).
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British Columbia (B.C.)
  • General - $11.35 as of September 15, 2017(increasing to $12.65 on June 1, 2018 and to $13.85 on June 1st, 2019).
  • Employee Serving Liquor - $11.40 per hour as of June 1, 2018. Moving to $12.70 per hour on June 1, 2019 and $13.95 per hour on June 1, 2020.
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Manitoba
  • General - $11.15 as of October 1, 2017.
  • Security Guard - $12.50. NOTE: After September 30, 2017, the minimum wage for security guards was set to remain at $2.25 higher than the provincial minimum wage, but this increase did not occur and the wage was frozen at $12.50 on October 2017.
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New Brunswick
  • General - $11.25 as of April 1, 2018. It will be adjusted annually relative to the Consumer Price Index.
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Newfoundland & Labrador
  • $11.15 as of April 1, 2018.
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Northwest Territories
  • $13.46 on April 1, 2018.
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Nova Scotia
  • Employed more than 3 months (experienced) - $11.00 April 1, 2018. It will be adjusted annually an April 1, relative to the Consumer Price Index.
  • Employed less than 3 months (inexperienced) - $10.35 (($10500 April 1, 2018).
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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 ($15.00 per hour on January 1, 2019).
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Prince Edward Island (PEI)
  • $11.55 as of April 1, 2018.
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Quebec
  • General - $12.00 on May 1, 2018.
  • $9.45 for restaurant or hotel employees who receive tips ($9.80 May 1, 2018).
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Saskatchewan
  • General - $10.96 as of October 1, 2017 (increasing to ($11.06 Oct 1, 2018). The wage is adjusted annually on October 1st, relative to the Consumer Price Index and Average Hourly Wage.
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Yukon
  • General - $11.51 April 1, 2018. The wage is adjusted annually on April 1st, relative to the Consumer Price Index for Whitehorse.
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