What is the Minimum Wage in Newfoundland and Labrador?

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
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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?
  • Why did the minimum wage increase in Newfoundland?
  • What is the cost of living in Newfoundland?

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