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Questions about Minimum Wage

What are the minimum wage increases and when will they take effect?

The general minimum wage increases as follows:

$14 per hour on January 1, 2018

$15 per hour on January 1, 2019

The special minimum wage rates for liquor servers, students under 18, hunting and fishing guides, and homeworkers will be maintained, and will increase by the same percentage as the general minimum wage.

Here are the rate changes for all categories:

Minimum wage categories Oct. 1, 2017 to Dec. 31, 2017 Jan. 1, 2018 to Dec 31, 2018 Jan 1 2019 to Sept. 30, 2019
General minimum wage $11.60 $14.00 $15.00
Students under 18 who work not more than 28 hours per week when school is in session, or work during a school break or summer holidays $10.90 $13.15 $14.10
Liquor servers $10.10 $12.20 $13.05
Hunting and fishing guides

$58.00


Rate for working less than five consecutive hours in a day


$116.00


Rate for working five or more hours in a day whether or not the hours are consecutive

$70.00


Rate for working less than five consecutive hours in a day


$140.00


Rate for working five or more hours in a day whether or not the hours are consecutive

$75.00


Rate for working less than five consecutive hours in a day


$150.00


Rate for working five or more hours in a day whether or not the hours are consecutive

Homeworkers (employees doing paid work in their own home for an employer) $12.80 $15.40 $16.50

How will minimum wage rates be raised after January 1, 2019?

The minimum wage rates increase to set amounts on January 1, 2018, and January 1, 2019.

On October 1 of every year, starting in 2019, the minimum wage rates are subject to annual indexation based on the rate of inflation. The new rates to come into effect on October 1 will be published on or before April 1 of every year, beginning in 2019.

Will there be a review of how the minimum wage rate is adjusted?

Before October 1, 2024, and every five years thereafter, the minimum wage rate and the process for adjusting the minimum wage rate will be initiated.

What are the changes made to qualify for the liquor server minimum wage?

The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017 introduced a new requirement for employees to be eligible to receive the liquor server minimum wage rate. The liquor server minimum wage hourly rate applies to employees who, as a regular part of their employment, serve liquor directly to customers, guests, members or patrons in licensed premises and who regularly receive tips or other gratuities as a part of their work.

That means there are two requirements to qualify for the server minimum wage:

  1. The employee must serve liquor directly to customers, guests, members or patrons as a regular part of their employment.
  2. The employee must regularly receive tips or other gratuities. “Licensed premises” are businesses for which a license or permit has been issued under the Liquor Licence Act.

If the employee does not meet these two criteria, the employee is paid the general minimum wage.

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