Minimum Wage Requirements in Canada

Minimum Wage Canada

Updated February 8, 2018

This blog post is written for Canadian businesses. If you run an American company, see our interactive map with state-by-state wage and tax information. 

Minimum wage is the lowest hourly pay rate that an employer can pay an employee.

The obligation of enforcing labour laws, including minimum wage requirements, lies with each of Canada’s ten provinces and three territories.

Canadian employers are required to pay all employees a minimum wage that is set by each province or territory. The federal rate will always be the general adult minimum wage of the province in which the work was performed.

It is the employer’s responsibility to adhere to the minimum wage requirements of their own province or territory.

👉A note for Wagepoint users: Whenever there's an increase in the minimum wage, the user must update the pay rate for employees affected by the increase. 

Table of Minimum Wage Rates 

There are a few exceptions to these rates including students and servers who have their own minimum wage requirements. (Source: Government of Canada Minimum Wage Table
Each province or territory is also linked to the relevant provincial or territorial labour department for further reference. 



2016 Minimum Wage

Next Increase Date




$15.00 Oct. 1, 2018

British Columbia


(Tipped Employees $11.10)

$12.65 June 1, 2018
$13.85 June 1, 2019
$14.60 June 1, 2020
$15.20 June 1, 2021



Oct. 1 each year






(Liquor Server $10.10)
(Student Server $10.90)

$14.00 Jan. 1, 2018
$15.00 Jan. 1, 2019



(Tipped Employees $9.45)

$11.75 May 1, 2018
$12.10 May 1, 2019
$12.45 May 1, 2020

New Brunswick




Nova Scotia


(Inexperienced workers $10.35)

April 1 of each year

Prince Edward Island




Newfoundland and Labrador



Northwest Territories







April 1 of each year





About the Author

Jordan Nottrodt

Jordan comes from a background of agency communications and strategic problem solving. She is passionate about inbound marketing and believes that the best content comes from knowing your audience and giving them exactly what they want. Working remotely for Wagepoint, she has been able to pursue her other passion of travelling the world one city at a time. Spark an immediate and detailed conversation with Jordan by mentioning Mad Men or Game of Thrones.

More Content by Jordan Nottrodt
Previous Article
Wagepoint is Now Integrated With Deputy
Wagepoint is Now Integrated With Deputy

We have now integrated Wagepoint with Deputy so that as a small business owner, you can import all approved...

Next Article
2016 Statutory Holidays With Worker Eligibility and Pay Out
2016 Statutory Holidays With Worker Eligibility and Pay Out

Employers in Canada are required by law to observe statutory holidays as per federal, provincial and territ...


First Name
Last Name
Thank you!
Error - something went wrong!

First Name
Last Name
Thank you!
Error - something went wrong!