Minimum Wage Requirements in Canada for 2016

January 26, 2016 Jordan Nottrodt

Minimum Wage Canada

This blog post is written for Canadian businesses. If you run an American company, click here for a list of Minimum Wage Requirements by State for 2016.

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

Scroll below for the 2016 provincial minimum wage amounts.

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.

There are a few exceptions to these rates including students and servers who have their own minimum wage requirements.



2016 Minimum Wage

Next Increase Date

British Columbia



Expected to increase to at least $11.25 on September 15, 2017



Expected to increase to $13.60 per hour on October 1, 2017



October 1 of each year












New Brunswick



Expected to increase to $11.00 in 2017 (timing TBD)

Nova Scotia



April 1 of each year

Prince Edward Island



June 1st, 2016 ($10.75)

October 1st, 2016 ($11.00)

Newfoundland and Labrador



Northwest Territories







April 1 of each year




April 1 of each year

Minimum wages last updated on Monday, October 3, 2016.


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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.

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