We've got great news for workers in Quebec:  the province's minimum hourly wage is going up to $12.50 as of tomorrow, May 1st — a $0.50 increase.  Employees across the country have been rejoicing this year as several Canadian provinces have seen increases to their hourly minimum wage. Canada's minimum wage rates vary from province to province - right now, they range from $11.35 to $15.00.

After Quebec's minimum wage bump takes effect tomorrow, workers who receive tips will notice a salary increase by $0.25 per hour, resulting in a new hourly wage of $10.05.  Increases will also take effect for those in the fruit picking business; raspberry pickers will now receive an extra $0.15 per kilogram and strawberry pickers will see an increase of $0.04 per kilogram.

Quebec’s employment minister Jean Boulet announced that the minimum wage increase will ultimately benefit 288,200 workers, according to Global News.

Quebec isn't the only Canadian province yet to raise the minimum wage for the year to go: Manitoba will also be increasing minimum wage up to $11.65 per hour from $11.35.  The province last increased their minimum wage on October 1st, 2018.

New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island all saw hikes to their minimum wages on April 1st of this year.  But by far, the province that outshines the rest for its impressive minimum hourly wage continues to be Alberta.  On October 1st of 2018, the province increased its minimum wage to $15.00 per hour.

Although Ontario isn't trailing too far behind Alberta with a minimum hourly wage of $14.00, Ontarians can expect the gap between the two provinces to narrow by 2020, when minimum wage rates are going to increase annually on October 1st of each year, according to the Retail Council of Canada.

Below is a list of all of the minimum hourly wage rates by province across Canada, with information provided by the Retail Council of Canada. It's accompanied by the dates that future wage increases are expected.

  • Alberta - $15.00

    • Effective as of October 1st, 2018. 

  • British Columbia - $12.65

    • Effective as of June 1st, 2018. The provincial government plans to further increase minimum wage to at least $13.85 on June 1st, 2019, to $14.60 on June 1st, 2020 and to at least $15.20 on June 1st, 2021. 

  • Manitoba - $11.35

    • Effective as of October 1, 2018.  The minimum wage will increase to $11.65 on October 1, 2019. 

  • New Brunswick - $11.50

    • Effective as of April 1, 2019. The minimum wage is increased on an annual basis on April 1 based on the Consumer Price Index. 

  • Newfoundland & Labrador - $11.40

    • Effective as of April 1, 2019.

  • Northwest Territories - $13.46

    • Effective as of April 1, 2018.  The government has not specified if there will be an annual increase. 

  • Nova Scotia - $11.55

    • Effective as of April 1, 2019.  According to government sources, the minimum wage for inexperienced employees is now $11.05 per hour. In both 2020 and 2021, the minimum wage is set to increase by approximately 55 cents each year (based on a 30-cent increase excluding inflation), estimated to equate to 25 cents over the next three years. Beginning on April 1, 2022, the rate will be modified on an annual basis to account for inflation.

  • Nunavut - $13.00

    • Effective as of April 1, 2016. The minimum wage is assessed on an annual basis, every April 1. 

  • Ontario - $14.00

    • Effective as of January 1, 2018.  Beginning in 2020, the minimum wage rates are expected to rise on an annual basis on October 1 of each year. 

  • Prince Edward Island - $12.25

    • Effective as of April 1, 2019. 

  • Quebec - $12.50

    • Effective as of May 1, 2019. 

  • Saskatchewan - $11.06

    • Effective as of October 1, 2018. The minimum wage is assessed on October 1 of each year, based on the Consumer Price Index.

  • Yukon - $12.71

    • Effective as of April 1, 2019.  The minimum wage is assessed on April 1 of each year, based on the Consumer Price Index. 

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