Know The Laws of Your Province: April 2017 Minimum Wage Hikes Take Effect

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MINIMUM WAGE RATES ACROSS CANADA (AS OF APRIL 1, 2017)

Five jurisdictions raised their minimum wage on April 1—New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Yukon. Two others—Ontario and BC—announced increases for later in 2017. Here are the complete, up-to-the-minute minimum wage rates and scheduled increases in each jurisdiction:

Jurisdiction
General Minimum Wage
Separate Minimum Wages
Scheduled Increases/Notes

Alberta

$12.20 per hour
  • $486 per week for salespersons,
  • $2,316 per month for domestic employees
  • Elimination of separate minimum wage for liquor servers as of Oct. 1

 

Oct. 1, 2017

  • Salespersons:  $542 per week
  • Domestics: $2,582 per month

 

Oct. 1, 2018

  • General: $15 per hour
  • Salespersons:  $598 per week
  • Domestics: $2,848 per month

 

British Columbia

$10.85 per hour

 

  • $9.60 per hour for liquor servers
  • $108.50 per day or part day worked by live-in home support workers
  • $86.80 per day or part day worked by live-in camp leaders
  • $651 per month + $26.09 per suite for resident caretakers of apartment buildings of 9 to 60 suites
  • $2,217.46 per month for resident caretakers of apartment buildings of >60 suites

Sept. 15, 2017

  • General: $11.35
  • Liquor servers: $10.10
  • Increases for live-in home support workers and camp leaders and resident caretakers are expected but haven’t yet been announced
  • Minimum wage indexed to CPI with adjustments made in September of each year

 

Manitoba

$11.00 per hour

 

  • $13.00 per hour for agency workers servicing disabled
  • Alternate rates for industrial & construction workers

 

New Brunswick

$11.00 per  hour

 

Alternate rates for construction workers, camp leaders and workers whose hours can’t be verified Automatic annual CPI adjustments starting in 2018

Newfoundland/ Labrador

$10.75 per hour

October 1, 2017

  • $11.00 per hour
  • Government considering automatic annual CPI adjustments

 

Northwest Territories

$12.50 per hour Minimum wage indexed to CPI

Nunavut

$13.00 per hour Minimum wage indexed to CPI

Nova Scotia

$10.85 per hour
  • $10.35 per hour for inexperienced workers, i.e., <3 months with employer or in form of work
  • Alternate rates for logging, forestry, construction workers
  • 2016 Review Committee recommends no separate minimum wage for tip earners
Minimum wage adjusted for CPI every April

 

Ontario

$11.40 per hour
  • $10.70 per hour for students
  • $9.90 per hour for liquor servers
  • $56.95 per day for hunting & fishing guides (< 5 consecutive hours in a day)
  • $113.95 per day for hunting & fishing guides (5 or > hours in a day, whether or not consecutive)
  • $12.55 per hour for homeworkers

October 1, 2017

  • General: $11.60 per hour
  • Student: $10.90 per hour
  • Liquor servers: $10.10 per hour
  • Hunting & fishing guides (<5 consecutive hours in a day): $58 per day
  • Hunting & fishing guides (5 or more hours in a day, whether or not consecutive): $116 per day
  • Homeworkers: $12.80 per hour

 

Prince Edward Island

$11.25 per hour

Québec

$10.75 per hour
  • $10.75 per hour for workers in clothing industry
  • $9.20 per hour for workers earning tips
  • Alternate rates for fruit harvesters based on fruit and numbers of kilos picked
No new minimum wage hikes are in the immediate forecast, according to government sources

 

Saskatchewan

$10.72 per hour Annual CPI adjustment every October

Yukon

$11.32 per hour Annual CPI adjustments every April

Federal

Prevailing minimum wage rate in province where work is performed