Hourly Minimum Wages in CANADA for Adult Workers

The minimum wage increased an average of 909% across Canada to $10.11 in 2016 from $1.06 in 1968. Canada started tracking the minimum wage in 1965. Crazy enough on 01-Sep-66 in Saskatchewan the minimum wage was $40.00. I removed the anomaly of minimum wages for years 1965 and 1966 in Saskatchewan and averaged the rates which sometimes differed whether you worked in rural or urban areas and whether you were a woman or man in 1969, used the references provided to  average them for each province and then across Canada. Nunavut province did not exist in 1969 and had a 1300% increase in 2016 so I removed it so it wouldn’t skew the average percentage increase for Canada.

If your community doesn’t have major industry then young people and families are probably struggling because the majority find minimum wage employment in the retail trade and food and accommodation sectors. Until other supports can be put in place, the quickest way to relieve the pressure for young families is to raise the minimum wage because anything else is going to take time.

Apologies, I didn’t tabulate the percentages properly earlier but they should be correct now.

Click here for the source of the information.

 

 

Jurisdiction 1968 Average 2016 Average  Difference % Increase
Federal $1.25 $0.00
Alberta $1.25 $11.20 $9.95 796%
British Columbia $1.25 $10.85 $9.60 768%
Manitoba $1.20 $11.00 $9.80 817%
New Brunswick $1.00 $10.65 $9.65 965%
Newfoundland and Labrador $0.98 $10.50 $9.52 971%
Northwest Territories $1.25 $12.50 $11.25 900%
Nova Scotia $1.08 $10.70 $9.62 891%
Nunavut $0.00 $13.00 $13.00 1300%
Ontario $1.13 $11.40 $10.27 909%
Prince Edward Island $0.95 $11.00 $10.05 1058%
Quebec $1.25 $10.75 $9.50 760%
Saskatchewan $1.05 $10.50 $9.45 900%
Yukon $1.25 $11.07 $9.82 786%
Canada average $1.06 $10.37 $10.11 909%

 

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