Nova Scotia 2018 Minimum Wage Peel 'N Post

Nova Scotia 2018 Minimum Wage Peel ‘N Post™

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All Nova Scotia employers are required to pay employees at least the applicable minimum wage rate for all hours worked.  Employers should ensure that workers are informed of their right to be paid the effective minimum wage rate.

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Nova Scotia’s 2018 Minimum Wage Rate Increases

The Nova Scotia 2018 Minimum Wage Peel ‘N Post reflects the minimum wage rate increases effective April 1, 2018, as follows:

  • General minimum wage rate increase to $11.00 per hour.
  • Inexperienced workers’ minimum wage rate increase to $10.50 per hour.  Employees can be paid the inexperienced rate only if they have worked for the employer for less than three months and have less than three months total experience with the kind of work they have been hired to do.
  • The hourly minimum wage for experienced workers is adjusted annually based on the increase in the Consumer Price Index for the preceding year.
  • The hourly minimum wage rate for inexperienced workers is $.50 less than the hourly wage rate for experienced workers.
  • All employers with employees covered by the Minimum Wage Orders must post and keep posted in a conspicuous place in the employer’s establishment or plant a copy of the Minimum Wage Orders Notice of Adjustments 2018.  The notice can be downloaded from https://novascotia.ca/lae/employmentrights/docs/Notice-of-Adjustments-2018.pdf.

Minimum Wage Worker Demographics

According to the Minimum Wage Review Committee, in 2015 an estimated 27,800 employees earned minimum wage in Nova Scotia, which is 7.1 % of wage earning workers.  Minimum wage earners work throughout the province.  They work primarily in retail trade, followed by food and accommodation industries.  Most are under the age of 25. Most work part time and go to school full time.  Many are sons and daughters living at home.  Almost two thirds of minimum wage earners in the province are women.  Very few minimum wage
workers are unionized.

Provincial 2018 Minimum Wage Rates

Province Effective Date 2018 Minimum Wage Rate
Alberta 10/1/18 $15.00 per hour
British Columbia 6/1/18 $12.65 per hour
Manitoba 10/1/17 $11.15 per hour
New Brunswick 4/1/18 $11.25 per hour
Newfoundland & Labrador 4/1/18 $11.15 per hour
Northwest Territories 4/1/18 $13.46 per hour
Nova Scotia 4/1/18 $11.00 per hour
Nunavut 4/1/18 TBA
Ontario 1/1/18 $14.00 per hour
Prince Edward Island 4/1/18 $11.55 per hour
Quebec 5/1/18 $11.25 per hour
Saskatchewan 10/1/17 $10.96 per hour
Yukon 4/1/18 $11.51 per hour
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