In Alberta, when the NDP government was voted into power earlier this year, they were elected on the promise of increasing the minimum wage to $15, for employees working for provincially-regulated employers and they are about to take the first step towards that promise. The basic minimum wage in Alberta increases today (October 1, 2015) from $10.20 per hour to $11.20 per hour. There are other categories of minimum wage and most notably the minimum wage for those serving liquor will increase from $9.20 per hour to $10.70 per hour.

Similarly, in Ontario, the basic (general) minimum wage increases today (October 1, 2015) from $11.00 to $11.25 per hour. There are other categories of minimum wage and most notably the minimum wage for those serving liquor will increase from $9.55 per hour to $9.80 per hour. These increases are due to legislative changes that annually index minimum wage to the rate of inflation. Each year, the new rate will be announced by April 1 and will come into effect on October 1.

In British Columbia , the basic minimum wage increased on September 15, 2015 from $10.25 per hour to $10.45 per hour . There are other categories of minimum wage and most notably the minimum wage for serving liquor increase d from $9.00 per hour to $9.20 per hour.

In Québec, the basic minimum wage increased on May 1, 2015 from $10.35 per hour to $10.55 per hour and the minimum rate for employees receiving tips increased from $8.90 per hour to $9.05 per hour.

Current basic minimum wages in other areas of Canada are $10.50 (PEI), $11.00 (Manitoba - increased today), $10.50 (Saskatchewan - increased today), $12.50 (NWT), $10.60 (Nova Scotia), $11.00 (Nunavut), New Brunswick ($10.30), Newfoundland and Labrador ($10.50) and $10.86 (Yukon).

None of the above applies to federally-regulated employers.