5 Provinces Are Raising Minimum Wage Oct. 1

 Payroll in Canada is expected to be busy on October 1 since five provinces will be raising their minimum wage rates on that day.

The wage will rise in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, bringing it to between $14 and $16.55 per hour.

Saskatchewan: The minimum wage will increase to $14 per hour on October 1, 2023, from $13 per hour on that date in the previous year. For the beginning of October 2024, the pay will increase once more to $15 per hour.

The Minimum Wage Regulations were amended to reflect the increases to the minimum wage for the years 2022 to 2024. The minimum wage will once again be computed using an indexation formula after the final change in 2024. Changes will once again be disclosed no later than June 30 of each year, with the new implementation date being October 1 of the same year.

Some workers are exempt from receiving the minimum wage. These consist of:
  • farming, ranching or market garden labourers
  • some care providers employed in private homes
  • babysitters (only those that are of a very temporary or sporadic nature)
  • athletes while engaged in their athletic endeavour
  • volunteers for non-profit organizations
  • individuals who have a physical or mental disability or impairment and work for a non-profit organization or institution in programs that are educational, therapeutic or rehabilitative.

Manitoba: The state's minimum wage will increase to $15.30 on October 1, 2023. This comes following an increase to $14.15 on April 1 and a rate hike to $13.50 on October 1 of the same year.

That's because the government earlier approved legislation amending the Employment Standards Code that permits an increase in the minimum wage above the legally mandated inflation-tied formula in certain instances.

The following categories of workers are exempt from the minimum wage:
  • domestic workers who work less than 12 hours a week
  • someone in an approved provincial or federal training program
  • election officials, enumerators and any other temporary person appointed under The Elections Act
Ontario: On October 1, 2023, the government will raise the minimum wage from $15.50 to $16.55 an hour; this increase will be based on the 2023 Ontario Consumer Price Index.

Additionally, the following specific minimum wage rates will rise:

  • students under the age of 18, who work 28 hours a week or less when school is in session or work during a school break or summer holidays, from $14.60 to $15.60 an hour
  • homeworkers (those who do paid work out of their own homes for employers), from $17.05 to $18.20 an hour
  • hunting, fishing and wilderness guides, from $77.60 to $82.85 per day when working less than five consecutive hours in day, and $155.25 to $165.75 per day when working five or more hours in a day.
Nova Scotia: On October 1, 2023, the minimum wage will increase to $15 from $14.50 as of April. Following the province's acceptance of the Minimum Wage Review Committee's recommendations, the minimum wage was raised to $15 per hour on October 1 instead of the originally scheduled date of 2018.

Starting in 2024, the minimum wage in Nova Scotia will be adjusted annually on April 1 by the projected annual percentage change in the national CPI for the prior calendar year plus an additional 1% (for example, if the CPI is 4% on April 1, 2024, the minimum wage will increase to $15.25 based on the minimum wage of $14.50 on April 1, 2023, plus 5%).

Prince Edward Island: On October 1, 2023, the province's minimum wage will increase to $15 per hour. That comes after a rise of 80 cents to $14.50 on January 1, 2023.

Every year, the Employment Standards Board reviews the minimum wage and, after completion of the evaluation, makes a recommendation to the government. 


source: https://www.hrreporter.com/focus-areas/compensation-and-benefits/which-5-provinces-are-raising-minimum-wage-oct-1/379929

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