Minimum wage will rise to $11 an hour in Nova Scotia

The minimum wage will increase by 15 cents in Nova Scotia on April 1.

This increase will raise the minimum wage to $11 an hour for workers with more than three months of experience, and $10.50 an hour for those with less than three months of experience.

The Nova Scotia Minimum Wage Review Committee bases its decision on the Consumer Price Index in 2017.

According to Statistics Canada, some 25,700 workers, or 6.6% of the province’s employees, were paid minimum wage during the period of April 2016 to March 2017 in Nova Scotia. Nearly two-thirds are women.

Even with this announced increase, the minimum wage in Nova Scotia is still the lowest in Canada, on par with that for workers in Newfoundland and Labrador and New Brunswick.


Current And Forthcoming Minimum Hourly Wage Rates For Experienced Adult Workers in Canada

Jurisdiction Effective Date Wage Rate Note
Federal 18-Dec-1996 The minimum wage rate applicable in regard to employees under federal jurisdiction is the general adult minimum rate of the province or territory where the employee is usually employed
Alberta 01-Oct-2017 $13.60
Alberta 01-Oct-2018 $15.00
British Columbia 15-Sep-2017 $11.35
Manitoba 01-Oct-2017 $11.15
New Brunswick 01-Apr-2017 $11.00
Newfoundland and Labrador 01-Oct-2017 $11.00
Northwest Territories 01-Jun-2015 $12.50
Northwest Territories 01-Apr-2018 $13.46
Nova Scotia 01-Apr-2017 $10.85
Nunavut 01-Apr-2016 $13.00
Ontario 01-Jan-2018 $14.00
Ontario 01-Jan-2019 $15.00
Prince Edward Island 01-Apr-2017 $11.25
Prince Edward Island 01-Apr-2018 $11.55
Quebec 01-May-2017 $11.25
Saskatchewan 01-Oct-2017 $10.96 On October 1 of each year, this rate increases based on the average of the percentage change in the Consumer Price Index and the percentage change in average hourly wage for Saskatchewan during the previous year. Minimum wage increases are subject to Cabinet approval.
Yukon 01-Apr-2017 $11.32 On April 1 of each year, this rate increases by an amount corresponding to the annual increase for the preceding year in the Consumer Price Index for the city of Whitehorse.
Note: In most jurisdictions, these rates also apply to young workers. More information is available on special rates for young workers under “Current And Forthcoming Minimum Wage Rates in Canada for Young Workers and Specific Occupations”.