The authority to establish minimum terms and conditions of employment in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL), including the minimum wage, is contained in the Province’s Labour Standards Act (the Act) and Labour Standards Regulations.
Between 2005 and 2010, Government has increased the minimum wage from $6.00 per hour to $10.00 per hour, approximately 67% over a five-year period.
Minimum Wage Trends Over Time (92 KB)
With recent minimum wage increases announced in other provinces and territories, NL’s minimum wage rate of $10.00 per hour is comparable with that of other jurisdictions. As outlined in the attached table, five jurisdictions have a $10.00 an hour minimum wage (NWT, MN, NB, PEI, NL); five have rates higher than $10.00 (NU at $11.00, YK at $10.30, ON at $10.25, BC at $10.25 and NS at $10.15); and three have rates below $10.00 (AB at $9.40, SK at $9.50, QC at $9.90).
Minimum Wages Across Canada (71 KB)
In Blue Book 2011, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador committed to “convene an advisory committee on the minimum wage in 2012 and every two years thereafter”. Consistent with this commitment, Government approved the composition of a three-member advisory committee to consist of a Chairperson, an Employee Representative and an Employer Representative.
The Honourable Terry French, Minister Responsible for the Labour Relations Agency, has announced the appointment of the Minimum Wage Advisory Committee: Mr. Blair Patrick as Chairperson, Mr. John Peddle as Employer Representative, and Ms. Elaine Price as Employee Representative.
The Minimum Wage Advisory Committee will solicit public and stakeholder submissions on the minimum wage until September 15, 2012, and report back to the Minister Responsible for the Labour Relations Agency with observations and findings in accordance with the Terms of Reference by mid-fall 2012.
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