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New Minimum Wage In Canada And 5 Provinces Effective April 1

Last Updated On 31 March 2023, 6:45 PM EDT (Toronto Time)

On April 1, 2023, the federal new minimum wage in Canada will increase from $15.55 to $16.65 per hour in order to keep up with inflation.

As a result, about 26,000 Canadian workers who make less than the current wage will benefit from the raise.

The federal minimum wage in Canada is mandated for all federally regulated private sectors, including banking, postal and courier services, as well as interprovincial air, rail, road, and maritime transportation.

Furthermore, employees in these sectors get higher rate if their provincial or territory minimum pay is greater than the federal minimum wage.

The federal minimum wage in Canada is revised every year on April 1 based on the Consumer Price Index (inflation).

Previously, the federal minimum wage increased from $15 in 2021 to $15.55 on April 1, 2022.

The April 2023 hike in minimum wage is double ($1.10) as compared to that $0.55 raise last year.

New Minimum Wage In Canada Provinces Effective April 1

Apart from the rise in federal minimum wage in Canada, Manitoba and Yukon will also increase their provincial minimum wage effective April 1, 2023.

Minimum wage in Manitoba will increase by $0.65 to $14.15 per hour.

Manitoba’s minimum wage was increased on October 1, 2022 from $11.95 to $13.50 per hour.

Now Manitoba will revert to yearly changes based on province CPI, and it is anticipated that on October 1, 2023, the hourly wage will again increase to $15 per hour.

Furthermore, minimum wage in Yukon will also increase by $1.05 to $16.77 per hour.

Nova Scotia minimum wage is also set to increase to $14.50 per hour.

New Brunswick new minimum wage effective April 1, 2023 will be $14.75 per hour, up from $13.75.

The minimum wage will also rise for Newfoundland & Labrador by 80 cents per hour on April 1, 2023, reaching $14.50 per hour.

New Minimum Wage In Canada

Below listed are the latest minimum wage in Canada as of April 1, 2023.

GeographyMinimum Wage Per HourNext Raise DateMinimum Wage
after Next Raise
Canada (Federally regulated private sectors)$16.65April 1, 2024$17.75 (estimated)
Ontario$15.50October 1, 2023$16.55
Manitoba $14.15October 1, 2023$15.30
New Brunswick $14.75April 1, 2024 (Expected)$15.50 (estimated)
Nova Scotia $14.50October 1, 2023$15
Saskatchewan$13.00October 1, 2023$15
Newfoundland & Labrador$14.50October 1, 2023$15
Alberta $15.00To Be Decided (TBD)TBD
British Columbia $15.65To Be Decided (TBD)TBD
Quebec $14.25May 1, 2023$15.25
Nunavut$16.00To Be Decided (TBD)TBD
Prince Edward Island$14.50October 1, 2023$15
Northwest Territories $15.20September 1, 2023$16 (estimated)
Yukon$16.77April 1, 2024$17.50(estimated)

What is Canada’s minimum wage 2023?

$16.65 per hour is the new minimum wage effective April 1, 2023 applicable to for all federally regulated private sectors. The federal regulated private sectors include banking, postal and courier services, as well as interprovincial air, rail, road, and maritime transportation.

What is the highest minimum wage in Canada?

Yukon has the highest minimum wage at $16.77 per hour, followed by Federal minimum wage that is $16.65 per hour, and Nunavut which has the minimum wage of $16 per hour.

What is minimum wage Ontario 2023 and when will it increase?

Currently, $15.50 is the minimum wage in Ontario.

Minimum wage in Ontario will increase to $16.55 on October 1, 2023.

What is the minimum wage in British Columbia?

$15.65 effective since June 1, 2022

Federally regulated private sectors

  • air transportation, including airlines, airports, aerodromes and aircraft operations
  • banks, including authorized foreign banks
  • grain elevators, feed and seed mills, feed warehouses and grain-seed cleaning plants
  • First Nations band councils and Indigenous self-governments (certain activities)
  • most federal Crown corporations, for example, Canada Post Corporation
  • port services, marine shipping, ferries, tunnels, canals, bridges and pipelines (oil and gas) that cross international or provincial borders
  • postal and courier services
  • radio and television broadcasting
  • railways that cross provincial or international borders and some short-line railways
  • road transportation services, including trucks and buses, that cross provincial or international borders
  • telecommunications, such as, telephone, Internet, telegraph and cable systems
  • uranium mining and processing and atomic energy
  • any business that is vital, essential or integral to the operation of one of the above activities
  • Federally regulated public sector (parts II and IV of the Code only):
    • the federal public service
    • Parliament (such as, the Senate, the House of Commons and the Library of Parliament)
  • Private-sector firms and municipalities in Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut (part I of the Code only)

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