EMPLOYMENT LAW NEWS

Canada Minimum Wage

By Kris Janisch
Updated December 2022

Canada Minimum Wage

Canada minimum wage can be just as complex as it is in the U.S.

Canada minimum wage rates went up in three provinces in the spring of 2022, and others saw rates increase in the fall of 2022.

Minimum wage in Canada mostly follows the rates set by provinces. There is a federal minimum wage ($15.55, effective April 1, 2022), 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, along with how the rates are configured moving forward.

Minimum Wage Management. Simplified.

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 special 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.

Related: U.S. State Minimum Wage Rates in 2023

Alberta

Alberta’s minimum wage is currently $15, with no scheduled increases upcoming. (Last increase: Oct. 1, 2018.)

British Columbia

British Columbia’s minimum wage is currently $15.65, effective June 1, 2022.

Manitoba

In Manitoba, minimum wage increased to $12.35 on Oct. 1, 2022.

(The next scheduled increase is set for April 1, 2023.)

New Brunswick

New Brunswick minimum wage also saw an Oct. 1, 2022, increase and is now $13.75.

Newfoundland and Labrador

In Newfoundland and Labrador, minimum wage is currently $13.70.

There are further scheduled increases in 2023:

  • April 1 – $14.50
  • Oct. 1 – $15

Northwest Territories

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.

Beginning Sept. 1, 2023, the minimum wage in the Northwest Territories will be adjusted based on the applicable Consumer Price Index.

Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia’s minimum wage is currently $13.60 (effective Oct. 1, 2022), with scheduled increases in spring and fall in the coming years:

  • Effective April 1, 2023: $14.30
  • Effective Oct. 1, 2023: $14.65
  • Effective April 1, 2024: $15

Nunavut

In Nunavut, minimum wage sits at $16 currently. It is adjusted annually on April 1.

Ontario

Ontario’s minimum wage is currently $15.50, effective Oct. 1, 2022.

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. However, two rate increases are set:

  • Jan. 1, 2023 – $14.50
  • Oct. 1, 2023 – $15

Quebec

In Quebec, minimum wage increased May 1, 2022. It is now $14.25.

Saskatchewan

In Saskatchewan, minimum wage increased to $13, effective Oct. 1, 2022. There are scheduled increases on deck:

  • Effective Oct. 1, 2023: $14
  • Effective Oct. 1, 2024: $15

Yukon Territory

Yukon Territory updated its minimum wage April 1, 2022. It is currently $15.70 and is adjusted annually on April 1.

Conclusion

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.

This Employment Law News blog is intended for market awareness only, it is not to be used for legal advice or counsel.

GovDocs Minimum Wage

Keep Informed
with GovDocs Employment Law News

Employment Law Compliance LinkedIn Group

What is GovDocs?

GovDocs simplifies employment law compliance for large, multi-jurisdiction employers in the U.S. and Canada. The GovDocs software platform integrates three solutions in one convenient place to help you master the employment laws impacting your business. Whether you manage a postings, minimum wage or paid leave program, our products cut through research time, provide proactive insights into the everchanging landscape of employment laws and reduce the risk of noncompliance. The company is headquartered in Eagan, Minn.

Have fewer than 30 locations? 

The GovDocs Poster Store simplifies posting compliance for employers with less than 30 locations across all industries, offering a variety of posting products to meet your labor law compliance needs.