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Minimum Wage Rates and Other Employment Standards (Labour Laws) in Canada

The federal, provincial and territorial governments have regulations to enforce employment standards such as minimum rates for wages, vacation pay, statutory holiday pay, overtime pay, and many other employment conditions.

Most jobs are covered under provincial labour laws.  However, certain businesses and industries are under federal jurisdiction, and are covered by the Canada Labour Code.  For more information on how to determine which jobs are covered by federal legislation, see the Human Resources & Skills Development Canada web page Federally Regulated Businesses and Industries.

The Government of Canada website has information on employment standards in Canada.  This site includes a Minimum Wage Database, which includes a table of the current and future minimum wage rates in each province and territory, as well as a table providing minimum wage rates for young workers and specific occupations.  Every province except New Brunswick has an increase in the adult minimum wage rate in 2015, with the BC increase taking effect Sep 15th, and increases on Oct 1 for Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario and Saskatchewan.

Provincial governments, and some of the territories, have their own web pages regarding employment standards:

bulletAlberta Employment Standards
bullet British Columbia Employment Standards Branch
bullet Manitoba Labour Standards
bulletNew Brunswick - Labour / Employment
bulletNewfoundland & Labrador Labour Relations Agency
bulletNorthwest Territories Employment Standards
bulletNova Scotia Labour and Advanced Education
bullet Ontario Employment Standards
bullet Prince Edward Island Employment Standards
bullet Quebec Labour Standards
bulletSaskatchewan Employment Standards
bulletYukon Employment Standards


Revised: September 25, 2015

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