Legal Alert: N.S. and P.E.I. Minimum Wage Increases Effective Oct. 1, 2011
September 6, 2011
As part of a scheduled increase in minimum wages, both of N.S.’s two tiered minimum wages are scheduled to increase by 3.6% effective on October 1, 2011. The rate for “experienced” workers (workers with experience in a particular area of work and/or who have been employed by the same employer for more than three calendar months) will increase to $10/hour; the rate for “inexperienced” workers will increase to $9.50/hour. It is expected that effective April 2012, future annual increases will reflect any increase in inflation.
The second of a three-phase increase to P.E.I’s minimum wage rate will also take effect on October 1, moving the rate to $9.60/hour. The third phase of the increase is scheduled for April 1, 2012, to increase the rate to $10/hour.
Although N.B.’s minimum rate was scheduled to increase to $10/hour on September 1, the N.B. government has postponed the increase. Click here to read McInnes Cooper’s Legal Alert “N.B. Postpones Minimum Wage Increase to April 1, 2012”. There are no further increases scheduled to Newfoundland & Labrador’s current rate of $10/hour.
Click here to read McInnes Cooper’s June 2011 Legal Update “School Is Out, Resumes Are In and Minimum Wages Are Up” for further details about minimum wage rates in Atlantic Canada.
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