Minimum Wage Requirements in Canada

Minimum Wage Canada

Updated on June 4, 2021

This blog post is written for Canadian businesses. If you run an American company, click here for a list of Minimum Wage Requirements in by State.

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. 


Current Minimum Wage

Next Increase Date



(Under 18 and ≤ 28 hr/week $13.00) 


British Columbia

(Tipped Employees $15.20)




October 1 of each year



$11.95 October 1 of each year


(Liquor Server $12.45)
(Student Server $13.40)

$14.35 October 1, 2021


(Tipped Employees $10.80)


New Brunswick


April 1 of each year

Nova Scotia


April 1 of each year

Prince Edward Island



Newfoundland and Labrador


April 1 of each year

Northwest Territories


$15.20 September 1, 2021



April 1 of each year




Never miss important payroll dates with our 2021 Canadian Small Business Payroll Calendar!

The advice we share on our blog and in our webinars is intended to be informational. It does not replace the expertise of working with accredited business professionals.

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