The Canadian Minimum Wage

The legal minimum wages in each of Canada’s provinces for 2016 are as follows:

Hourly Wage
British Columbia$10.45
New Brunswick$10.65
Newfoundland and Labrador$10.50
Northwest Territories$12.50
Nova Scotia$10.70
Prince Edward Island$10.75

Employers can choose to pay more than the minimum wage if they wish to.

Lowest Minimum Wage in Canada

Saskatchewan has Canada’s lowest minimum wage, at $10.50 per hour, though this will rise to $10.72 per hour on 01 October 2016.

A special lower minimum wage for liquor servers exists in some provinces. Generally speaking, this minimum wage rate applies to waiters, waitresses and bartenders who serve liquor directly to customers in bars, restaurants, clubs and other licensed premises. In Ontario and in British Columbia the rate is set at $9.80 per hour and $9.20 per hour respectively. In Alberta the minimum rate for liquor servers is $10.70.

Highest Minimum Wage in Canada

Nunavut has Canada’s highest minimum wage, at $13.00 per hour.

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