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New Minimum Wage In 6 Canadian Provinces Effective October 1

Six provinces will increase their minimum wage starting October 1, 2022. So, we compiled that data for all Canadian provinces and the new minimum wage that will come into effect on October 1, 2022.  

The minimum wage is the same for all employees, regardless of age or hours worked. However, certain provinces may have specific rules regarding minimum wage for students under 18 years. 

1. Ontario

New minimum wage effective October 1: $15.50

Ontario’s current minimum wage of $15 came into effect on January 1, 2022. The general minimum wage in Ontario will increase to $15.50 on October 1, 2022. 



2. Manitoba

New minimum wage effective October 1: $13.50

Manitoba’s minimum wage will increase from $11.95 to $13.50 per hour on October 1, 2022. Further, the minimum wage will increase to $14.15 by April 1, 2023. This is a huge jump for Manitobans.

The province will then return to annual adjustments based on provincial CPI, with the hourly rate projected to be around $15 on October 1, 2023.

3. New Brunswick

New minimum wage effective October 1: $13.75

As on April 1, 2022, the minimum wage in New Brunswick was set at $12.75. However, it will increase to $13.75 on October 1, 2022. As a result, employers will be required to pay their employees the new minimum wage.

4. Nova Scotia

New minimum wage effective October 1: $13.60

Nova Scotia’s current minimum wage of $13.35 came into effect on April 1, 2022. Nevertheless, the province will increase its minimum wage to $13.60 on October 1, 2022. 

The province is implementing a five-year plan to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 by April 1, 2024. As part of the plan, the minimum wage rates would be adjusted with inflation plus 1 per cent annually. 

5. Saskatchewan

New minimum wage effective October 1: $13.00

The Saskatchewan government has announced that the minimum wage will increase from $11.81 to $13.00 per hour on October 1, 2022. This is a decent increase based on current prevailing rates in the province.

While the minimum wage will rise to $14 per hour on October 1, 2023, and $15 per hour on October 1, 2024.

6. Newfoundland & Labrador

New minimum wage effective October 1: $13.70

The minimum wage of $13.20 became effective on April 1, 2022. However, the minimum wage will further increase to $13.70 per hour on October 1, 2022. It is the first of three steps to raising the minimum wage to $15.00 by April 1, 2024.  

The Minister is still considering the Minimum Wage Review Committee’s recommendation to raise minimum wage rates by inflation plus 1% per year after 2024.

Canada Minimum Wages

Below is the summary of the current and updated minimum wage. 

Province Effective October 1, 2022 (Min Wage per hour) Current Minimum Wage Per Hour
Ontario$15.50$15.00
Manitoba $13.50$11.95
New Brunswick $13.75$12.75
Nova Scotia $13.60$13.35
Saskatchewan$13.00$11.81
Newfoundland & Labrador$13.70$13.20
Alberta $15.00$15.00
British Columbia $15.65$15.65
Quebec $14.25$14.25
Nunavut$16.00$16.00
Prince Edward Island$13.70$13.70
Northwest Territories $15.20$15.20
Yukon$.15.70$15.70

Canada Minimum Wages

Source: Retail Council of Canada