Canada minimum wage rates went up in three provinces in the spring of 2022, and anther increase is coming up soon.
Minimum wage in Canada mostly follows the rates set by provinces. There is a federal minimum wage ($15.55), but it only applies to those working in federally regulated industries, such as banks, postal services, interprovincial transportation and federal Crown corporations.
For employees working in industries not regulated by the federal government, the provincial minimum wage applies.
The nation’s 10 provinces and three territories all have their own rates. Below are details on Canada minimum wage in its provinces, along with how the rates are configured and the current or soon-to-change rates.
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Canada Minimum Wage
While minimum wage rates in U.S. states, counties and cities typically update on July 1 or Jan. 1 each year, Canada minimum wage increases are on a slightly different schedule.
Note that there are some exceptions to the standard rates listed below. For example, liquor servers in Ontario, as well as homeworkers, have different rates. For employers in certain industries in Canada, they should check the rates specific to their locations to ensure they are paying the correct minimum wage. And tipped minimum wages should also be monitored.
Alberta’s minimum wage is currently $15, with no scheduled increases upcoming.
British Columbia’s minimum wage is currently $15.20, with its next scheduled increase set for June 1, 2022, when it goes up $15.65.
In Manitoba, minimum wage is currently $11.95. Its next scheduled increase is on Oct. 1, 2022, when the rate will be $12.35.
New Brunswick minimum wage is currently $12.75. It also has an Oct. 1, 2022, minimum wage increase scheduled. It will go up to $13.75.
Newfoundland and Labrador
In Newfoundland and Labrador, minimum wage is currently $13.20. There are no scheduled increases there.
Minimum wage in the Northwest Territories is $15.20. Every two years officials there examine its rate for potential updates. The current rate is effective as of Sept. 1, 2021.
Nova Scotia’s minimum wage is currently $13.35, with scheduled increases in spring and fall in coming years:
- 1, 2022 – $13.60
- April 1, 2023 – $14.30
- 1, 2023 – $14.65
- April 1, 2024 – $15
In Nunavut, minimum wage sits at $16 currently. It is adjusted annually on April 1.
Ontario’s minimum wage is currently $15. It, too, has an October increase set, when it will increase to $15.50.
New rates, effective Oct. 1, will be published by April 1 each year.
Prince Edward Island
Prince Edward Island’s minimum wage is currently at $13.70, with no increases scheduled at this time.
In Quebec, minimum wage increased May 1, 2022. It is now $14.25.
In Saskatchewan, minimum wage is currently $11.81. It is adjusted annually on Oct. 1 relative to the Consumer Price Index.
Yukon Territory also updated its minimum wage recently. It is currently $15.70 and is adjusted annually on April 1.
Much like the U.S., multi-jurisdiction employers that operate in Canada have a multitude of minimum wage rates to track.
Additionally, employers should keep an eye on potential rate changes and any industry rates that may be applicable.