As of October 1, 2021, the minimum wage in Newfoundland is $12.75.
Minimum Wage History in Newfoundland
For years, the minimum wage in Newfoundland has been steadily increasing.
The following table shows the 10 most recent minimum wage changes in Newfoundland:
|Date||Hourly Minimum Wage|
|October 1, 2021||$12.75|
|April 1, 2021||$12.50|
|October 1, 2020||$12.15|
|April 1, 2020||$11.65|
|April 1, 2019||$11.40|
|April 1, 2018||$11.15|
|October 2, 2017||$11.00|
|April 1, 2017||$10.75|
|October 1, 2015||$10.50|
|October 1, 2014||$10.25|
Newfoundland Minimum Wage Incremental Increase
In February 2020, the government announced an incremental minimum wage increase that would come into effect in 4 parts over a two-year period.
The increase would happen every 6 months, beginning in April 2020, and be relative to the change in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) plus an additional $0.25 each time.
The final special increase was made on October 1, 2021.
Now that the final special increase has passed, Newfoundland will go back to having one annual minimum wage change on April 1st of every year, which will be based on changes in the CPI.
Did You Know?
Newfoundland has the 4th lowest minimum wage in Canada. Only Manitoba, New Brunswick and Saskatchewan have lower provincial minimum wages.
Exemptions to the Minimum Wage in NL
According to the Labour Standards Regulations, the minimum wage requirements apply to the following:
- Hourly-rate or fixed-wage employees that are paid weekly, monthly, or in a period of less than a month.
- Employees that are paid on a commission-basis, either partly or in full.
There are, however, exemptions to the minimum wage rules in Newfoundland.
These exemptions are:
- Farm employees who plant, cultivate, and/or harvest farm produce, or are involved with raising livestock (you can find their wages here.)
- Live-in babysitters and housekeepers with a pre-existing agreement to get paid time off for any hours worked over 40 hours a week.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Is the minimum wage in Newfoundland going up in 2022?
The minimum wage in Newfoundland increased twice in 2021 due to the special increase promised by the government in early 2020. The hourly minimum wage increased by $0.35 on April 1st 2021 to $12.50, and again on October 1st 2021 by $0.25 to $12.75. The next change won’t happen until April 1st 2022, and it will be based on the change in the consumer price index (CPI).
- Why did the minimum wage increase in Newfoundland?
Plenty of people argued that the $11.40 hourly wage in Newfoundland was hardly enough to cover basic living expenses. Fight for $15 and Fairness Newfoundland & Labrador has been fighting for years to get the government to raise the minimum wage to $15, but the government compromised by introducing 4 special increases from April 2020 to October 2021, instead of just their annual change.
- What is the cost of living in Newfoundland?
The cost of living in the capital of Newfoundland, St. John’s, is generally less expensive than many of the other big cities in Canada, like Toronto, Vancouver or Calgary. Rent varies, but can be around $879.5 per month for a 1-bedroom apartment in the City Center and $1,468.75 for a 3-bedroom apartment in the City Center, whereas outside of the City Center an estimate of the rent prices would be around $713.9 for a 1-bedroom apartment and $1,168.75 for a 3-bedroom apartment. In the rural areas, it will generally be even cheaper.