What is Minimum Wage in New Brunswick?

What is the minimum wage in New Brunswick?

As of April 1, 2021, the general minimum wage in New Brunswick is $11.75 per hour.

Minimum Wage History in New Brunswick

Over time, the minimum wage has been increasing.

The following table shows the 10 most recent changes to the general minimum wage in New Brunswick:

Date Hourly Minimum Wage
April 1, 2021 $11.75
April 1, 2019 $11.50
April 1, 2018 $11.25
April 1, 2017 $11.00
April 1, 2016 $10.65
December 31, 2014 $10.30
April 1, 2012 $10.00
April 1, 2011 $9.50
September 1, 2010 $9.00

Source: Services.gc.ca

New Brunswick Minimum Wage Increases

On April 1, 2021, the New Brunswick minimum wage was increased to $11.75.

The minimum wage will continue to be indexed to New Brunswick’s CPI (Consumer Price Index) on an annual basis on April 1.

Did You Know?

New Brunswick has the lowest minimum wage of all the provinces and territories in Canada.  Around 20,000  workers in New Brunswick are earning minimum wage, which is around 6% of the paid workforce.

Exemptions to the Minimum Wage in New Brunswick

Every employee should be paid at least the minimum wage amount – that said, there are exceptions.

Certain job positions have different minimum wages and payment structures.

Some of these are:

Live-in camp leaders

Live-in camp leaders include those who:

  • Are employed by a charity or non-profit organization at a seasonal or summer camp (open during June, July, August or September)
  • Teach, supervise, and provide instruction and counselling to campers, and
  • Provide those services in an all-day, live-in situation without being charged for living and sleeping at the facilities

Live-in camp leaders are paid a weekly rate instead of an hourly rate.

Their weekly wage rate as of April 1, 2021 is $501.60 per week, and boarding and lodging should not be deducted from this amount.

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Certain government construction workers

Government construction workers that are exempt from the minimum wage rule include (but are not limited to) those who:

  • Work in constructing, repairing or modelling buildings
  • Are involved in the construction of roads, bridges, sidewalks, etc.

These exempt construction workers are paid rates different than the average minimum wage.

There’s a long list, which you can review here.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is the minimum wage in New Brunswick going up in 2022?
  • Is the minimum wage the same in all provinces?

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