Every Canadian province has an established and general minimum wage. As the name suggest, a minimum wage is the lowest wage that an employer may pay its employees.  Stated another way, every employee has a right to be paid no less than the minimum wage prescribed by the relevant legislature. So what is the existing minimum wage in each province across Canada?

 

Minimum Wage Federal
$10.20 per hour Alberta
$ 10.25 per hour British Columbia
$10.70 per hour Manitoba
$10.25 per hour Newfoundland
$10.30 per hour New Brunswick
$10.25 per hour Nova Scotia
$11.00 per hour Ontario
$10.35 per hour Prince Edward Island
$10.35 per hour Quebec
$10.20 per hour Saskatchewan
$10.72 per hour Yukon
$10.00 per hour Northwest Territories

 

 

Minimum wage is not without its controversy. Trade unions across North America as well as other advocates have resumed an intense lobby to move away from the concept of “minimum way to what is typically called a “living wage”. In large urban areas, the existing minimum wage, so the argument goes, is insufficient for families to make ends meet. “Living wage” advocates as well as those lobbying a higher minimum wage note the widening income disparity gap between the rich and the working poor together with rising living costs as justification for substantial increases in the minimum wage. The thrust to force legislatures to increase the minimum wage is not without its opposition. Political conservatives and or corporatists subscribing to a set of tax policies that favour the rich push back on demands to increase the minimum wage. So big is the political conservative push back that President Obama, for example, was unable to get Congress to pass legislation to increase the minimum wage. In the end, President Obama was forced to resort to Executive action to increase the minimum wage for federal contractors in the United States to $10 per hour. In the Canadian political context one can expect [i]similar heel digging as a political response to the living wage debate and lobbying effort.

[i] All of the minimum wage listed in this article is current as of February 15, 2015. Readers should exercise caution and consult the appropriate government department to determine the actual minimum wage at the time.