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Payment in Canada

General Employee Pay Regulations in Canada

Minimum wage

Canadian minimum wage is set by each province/territory. The hourly rates for full-time employees are indicated below:

  • Alberta: CAD$15
  • British Columbia: CAD$14.60 becoming CAD$15.20 as of June 1, 2021
  • Saskatchewan: CAD$11.45
  • Manitoba: CAD$11.90
  • Ontario: CAD$14.25
  • Quebec: CAD$13.50 as of May 1, 2021 (CAD$10.80 if gratuities apply)
  • New Brunswick: CAD$11.75
  • Nova Scotia: CAD$12.95 for experienced workers and CAD$11.05 for inexperienced workers
  • Prince Edward Island: CAD$13.00
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: CAD$12.50
  • Yukon: CAD$13.85
  • Northwest Territories: CAD$13.46 becoming CAD$15.20 as of September 1, 2021
  • Nunavut: CAD$16.00

Salaries are usually paid on a monthly or semi-monthly basis. Some provinces/territories impose a pay frequency on employers. Many employers also pay on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.


Monthly pay schedules are usually paid on the last day of the month, while semi-monthly pay schedules are usually paid on the first and the fifteenth day of the month, or the sixteenth and the last day of the month. Some provinces/territories, however, may impose a pay date on employers.

Payment requirements

It isn’t mandatory to make payments to both employees and the authorities from a Canadian bank account.

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