Employment Standards

Employment Standards staff help employees and employers learn about their rights and responsibilities in the workplace.

Minimum Wage

Security Guard Minimum Wage: This minimum wage will remain $12.50 per hour after October 1, 2017.  If you have any questions please contact our general inquiry line at 204-945-3352 or toll free at 1-800-821-4307.

Minimum wage is $11.15 per hour as of October 1, 2017. Minimum wage will now be based on the previous year's inflation rate as determined by the Consumer Price Index and will be adjusted every October 1st.

Construction minimum wage rates for the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) and Heavy sectors are contained in the Regulations to The Construction Industry Wages Act.


Hockey players in the Western Hockey League excluded from Employment Standards  – Effective December 15

The Employment Standards Regulation excludes junior hockey players from The Employment Standards Code  if the player is entitled to receive a scholarship for a post-secondary education program.   This exclusion currently only applies to The Brandon Wheat Kings of the Western Hockey League.   

Changes to Provincial Nominee Program:

Manitoba Provincial Nominees - Employer Direct (http://www.immigratemanitoba.com/information-for-employers/ ) is a new centralized service for employers looking to hire or retain workers, including foreign workers. *Recent changes no longer require Employer Registration applications for employers seeking to hire and retain Manitoba Provincial Nominee employees.* The enhanced processes aim to minimize the time it takes employers and nominees to navigate the hiring system while continuing to ensure nominees are being hired ethically and are not charged for their jobs (including any Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada Employer Compliance Fees or fees for the Provincial Nominee Work Permit Support Letter).

Please see the Immigrate Manitoba website for further information on the enhanced processes for the Manitoba Provincial Nominee Program. 

All Other Foreign Workers – The process for employers seeking to hire or retain foreign workers under the Temporary Foreign Workers program has not changed.  Employers are still required to make an Employer Registration application under the Worker Recruitment and Protection Act.  For more information, please review Employment Standards’ factsheets.

**Employment Standards is experiencing technical issues on the option to submit the Employer Registration application electronically causing unnecessary processing delays.  We are asking clients to submit the application using the following options:  you may print and scan a copy of the application and submit via email, fax, mail or drop the application off in our office. A new application is being developed that will allow clients to save the form in order to attach and email it directly. We appreciate your patience and understanding.**

Other Updates:

NEW Fillable application for Child Employment Permits now available!

Domestic Violence Leave, Long-Term Sick Leave for Serious Injury and Illness, and extended Compassionate Care provisions, are now in effect. 

Check out our  Investigations  page for updates on our activities in the following areas:

  • Volunteering and Training
  • Probationary Period and Termination
  • Working Before a Shift Start Time