Minimum wage increase are on the horizon for employees across Canada.

  • Alberta: On October 1, 2016, the general minimum wage increased to $12.20 per hour, liquor servers were included in the general minimum wage category, and salespeople received a wage increase to $486/week. Effective October 1, 2017, the general minimum wage will increase to $13.60 per hour, and the rate for salespeople will increase to $542/week.
  • New Brunswick: Effective April 1, 2017, the minimum wage will increase from $10.65 to $11.00 per hour.
  • Quebec: Effective May 1, 2017, the general minimum wage will increase from $10.75 to $11.25 per hour, and employees who receive tips and gratuities will see their minimum wage increase from $9.20 to $9.45 per hour.

In May 2016, Premier Christy Clark announced that the provincial government was committed to raising the minimum wage for employees in British Columbia to $11.25 per hour effective September 15, 2017. With the provincial election coming up in May, this wage increase is not a certainty. We will keep you informed.