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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$16.75
  • Saskatchewan: CAD$14 (will increase to $15 on October 1st, 2024)
  • Manitoba: CAD$15.30
  • Ontario: CAD$16.55
  • Quebec: CAD$15.25
  • New Brunswick: CAD$14.75
  • Nova Scotia: CAD$15
  • Prince Edward Island: CAD$15.00 (The rate will move to $15.40 on April 1, 2024, and to $16.00 on October 1, 2024)
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: CAD$15.00
  • Yukon: CAD$16.77
  • Northwest Territories: CAD$16.05
  • 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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