What is Minimum Wage in New Brunswick?

As of April 1, 2023, the general minimum wage in New Brunswick is $14.75 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, 2023 $14.75
October 1, 2022 $13.75
April 1, 2022 $12.75
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, 2023, the New Brunswick minimum wage was increased to $14.75.

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?

Currently, New Brunswick is the province with the lowest minimum wage in Atlantic Canada.

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.

  1. Program staff and counselors at residential summer camps
  2. Certain government construction workers

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.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is the minimum wage in New Brunswick going up in 2023?
  • Is the minimum wage the same in all provinces?
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