Minimum Wage FAQ

Minimum Wage : NS Labour and Advanced Education, Employment Rights

Upcoming changes to the minimum wage

As of April 1, 2018, employers must pay experienced employees at least $11.00 per hour. They must pay inexperienced employees at least $10.50 for each hour of work. The minimum wage rate applies to a work week of 48 hours or less for most kinds of work.

Read the the Nova Scotia Minimum Wage Review Committee Report English | French

Royal Gazette Volume 227 - NO. 5

As of April 1, 2017, the Minimum Wage rate increased to $10.85 per hour from $10.70 per hour. The inexperienced rate increased to $10.35 per hour from $10.20 per hour.

Employees can be paid the inexperienced rate only if they have worked for the employer for less than three months and have less than three months total experience with the kind of work they have been hired to do.

Click on this link to see the public notice of adjustments to the minimum wage. It is also published in the month of January in the Royal Gazette Part I.



If you have any questions, please contact Labour Standards.


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