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Minimum Wage in Canada

Minimum Wages in Canada for various provinces and territory. Know minimum wages 2012 for occupations and skill group
Province/Territory Minimum Wage Exceptions By Occupational/Skill Group
Alberta $9.75 $9.05 for liquor servers.  Minimum wage does not apply to farmers, real estate brokers, securities sales persons, insurance sales persons paid entirely by commission, students engaged in a work experience program approved by the Minister of Enterprise, students engaged in an off-campus education program provided under the School Act, extras in a film or video production, non-profit camp counselors
British Columbia $10.25 $9.00 for liquor servers.
Manitoba 10.25 (starting Oct. 1, 2012) $12.60 for construction workers.  Minimum wage does not apply to farmers.
New Brunswick $10.00  
Newfoundland and Labrador $10.00 Minimum wage does not apply to employees under 16.
Northwest Territories $10.00  
Nova Scotia $10.15 $9.65 for inexperienced workers (less than 3 months employed in sector).  Minimum wage does not apply to farmers under the age of 16, and those paid a piece rate.
Nunavut $11.00  
Ontario $10.25 $9.60 for students. $8.90 for liquor servers. $11.28 for homeworkers.  Minimum wage does not apply to farmers (except those who harvest fruit, vegetables or tobacco for marketing).
Prince Edward Island $10.00 Farmers are only covered if they work for a commercial operation
Quebec $9.90 $8.55 for tipped workers.  Farmers earn a piece rate for certain types of fruit-picking.
Saskatchewan $9.50 Minimum wage does not apply to farmers (except those employed by egg hatcheries, greenhouses, nurseries, or bush clearing operations).
Yukon $10.30 Minimum wage does not apply to employees under 17.

Next Minimum Wage updation due on:

  • Qubec: The Quebec government has announced the minimum wage will be raised by 25 cents on May 1, 2013. The next increase will see the minimum hourly wage increased to $10.15.
  • Nova Scotia: Minimum wage will go up by 1.5 per cent on April 1, 2013. The increase will bring the minimum wage to $10.30 an hour. New Minimum Wage of Nova Scotia is announced on April 1 of each year.
  • Yukon: New Minimum Wage of Yukon is announced on April 1 of each year.


  • Minimum Wage Rates mentioned in the above table are applicable for the year 2013 as well untill the next revision is announced.
  • OVERTIME : in excess of 40 hours/week (not to exceed 48 hours), employee gets paid 1.5 times the regular rate of pay
  • BONUSES:for the most part, bonuses determined by employer
  • HOLIDAYS :5 country-wide statutory (paid) holidays, provincial holidays vary

Before-Tax Low-Income Cut-Offs (LICOs) aka poverty lines 2010

FAMILY SIZE Rural Less than 30,000 30,000-99,999 100,000-499,999 5,00,000
1 $15,583 $17,729 $19,375 $19,496 $22,637
2 $19,400 $22,070 $24,120 $24,269 $28,182
3 $23,849 $27,132 $29,652 $29,836 $34,646
4 $28,957 $32,943 $36,003 $36,226 $42,065
5 $32,842 $37,363 $40,833 $42,086 $47,710
6 $37,041 $42,140 $46,054 $46,339 $53,808
7+ $41,240 $46,916 $51,274 $51,591 $59,907
Minimum Wage information of Canada last Updated by WageIndicator Team in October 2012.
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