Minimum wages go up across Canada

Over the next few months, the minimum wage in many Canadian jurisdictions will increase. Here’s a quick rundown:

April 1, 2000
Alberta – goes from $8.40/hour to $8.80/hour. In reality, the province notes the average hourly wage in Alberta is $23.90.

Ontario – rises from $8.75 to $9.50 an hour. An increase to $10.25/hour has been slated for 2010, but Premier McGinty noted in a recent interview that the increase to $10.25/hour may have to be delayed, depending on how the economy is doing.

Nova Scotia – rate goes from $8.10/hour to $8.60/hour. The province plans to raise the wage twice in 2010; to $9.20 on April 1, 2010, then to $9.65 on October 1, 2010.
Yukon – increases from $8.58 to $8.89.

April 15, 2009
New Brunswick – the hourly minimum wage will increase by 25 cents to $8 per hour. Another increase of 25 cents will take place on Sept. 1, setting the minimum wage at $8.25 per hour.

May 1, 2009
Manitoba – increases from $8.50/hour to $8.75/hour. A further increase to $9/hour is expected on October 1, 2009.
Quebec – raises to $9/hour.
Saskatchewan – increases to $9.25/hour.

June 1, 2009
Prince Edward Island – Minimum wage will increase in two phases in 2009 to $8.40 as follows: from $8.00 to $8.20 effective June 1, 2009, and by an additional 20 cents to $8.40 on October 1, 2009.

July 1, 2009
Newfoundland – In January, the rate went up to $8/hour; on July 1 it increases to $9/hour. Two increases are scheduled in 2010, as follows: to $.50 on January 2, 2010 and to $10 on July 1, 2010.

Nunavut currently has the highest minimum wage in the country at $10/hour; while in the Northwest Territories the rate sits at $8.25/hour.