Here's How Canada's Minimum Wage Compares To Other Countries Around The Globe

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Here's How Canada's Minimum Wage Compares To Other Countries Around The Globe

In October, the minimum wage in four Canadian provinces increased, meaning there's now a difference of $4.25 between the country's highest and lowest minimum wages.

Nunavut has the highest rate, coming in at $16 per hour, while New Brunswick comes in at the lowest, with just $11.75 per hour.

While minimum wage in Canada is determined province-by-province, other countries have their minimum wage decided on a federal basis.

Here's how Canada compares to other countries around the world.


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Since our minimum wage isn't set on a federal level, it ranges from $11.75 to $16 per hour, depending on which province or territory you live in.

Even though Nunavut has the highest minimum wage in the country, residents also deal with ridiculously expensive daily necessities.


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In Australia, the minimum wage for the majority of workers is $20.33 per hour, which is around CA$18.71.

That's a whole lot more than minimum wage over here. Fancy a trip to Aus, anyone?

New Zealand

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Similar to their neighbours, New Zealanders make a minimum wage of $20 per hour, which works out to be about $17.68 in Canadian currency.

United Kingdom

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The U.K.'s minimum wage is 8.91 pounds per hour, and while that may not sound like a lot to us, it actually works out to be roughly $15 Canadian.


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In the U.S., the federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, which is about CA$9.

It's worth noting that the minimum wage for bar staff and similar roles is a lot less, though. Employers only need to pay workers $2.13 per hour as long as the amount received in tips reaches the federal minimum wage.


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If you fancy working in France, the minimum wage is 10.48 euros per hour, which works out to be about $15.

Think of all of the delicious pastries you could buy. Yum!

South Korea

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In South Korea, the hourly minimum wage is 9,160 won, which is around $9.60.


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If you're making minimum wage in Israel, you'll be bringing in 28.49 Israeli shekels per hour, which is about $11.40.

At the end of the year, Canada's federal minimum wage is going to increase to $15 but some workers could get paid more than that.

In the 2021 budget, the government proposed a pay hike for workers in the federally regulated private sector and the new $15 an hour minimum wage will come into effect on December 29, 2021.

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