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|
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.
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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.
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?
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. The government has announced a $2 bump in the minimum wage in 2022.
- Is the minimum wage the same in all provinces?
No, the minimum wage varies between all the provinces and territories in Canada. It is adjusted based on the unique economic factors of the province or territory.