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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

The minimum wages in Canada were increased by some provinces


The minimum wages in Canada were increased by some provinces

According to information published by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC), the minimum wage for federal employees will increase from $15 to $15.55 per hour on April 1.


Federal employees are the only ones who receive this profit such as bank employees, postal workers, and interprovincial public transport workers. In addition, starting from April 1, 2022, individuals living in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Yukon, and Nova Scotia will also receive increased minimum wages.


Ontario currently has a minimum wage of $14.35 per hour. According to the Ontario Consumer Price Index, the minimum wage is expected to increase again on October 1, 2022. The province has minimum wages different from the general rate based on some types of employees. Minimum wage for students under 18 working 28 hours or less per week is $13.50. Liquor servers earn $12.55 per hour, while homeworkers earn $15.80 per hour.


In Alberta, there are some exceptions while all employers pay a minimum of $15 per hour to their workers. Students under 18 years of age who work 28 hours or less per week can be paid $13.00 per hour. A salesperson must make at least $598 per week, and domestic employees must earn at least $2,848 per month if they live in their employer's home.


For Manitoba, the minimum wage of $11.95 applies to all employees regardless of their age, with some exceptions. Employees in the heavy construction sector earn a minimum wage based on their job classification. In the heavy construction industry, there are ten job classifications, and the minimum wage ranges from $12.75 to $25.25.


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