The Construction Industry Wages Act, along with The Employment Standards Code, sets wages and working conditions on most Manitoba construction sites. The industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) construction sector has its own minimum standards and wage levels.
ICI Construction and Wage Schedule
Manitoba Industrial, Commercial and Institutional Construction Sector Minimum Wage Schedules
What types of construction activities are included in the industrial, commercial and institutional sector?The industrial, commercial, and institutional sector (ICI) is defined by The Construction Industry Wages Act. It includes most industrial, commercial and institutional construction projects in Manitoba and is often called the building construction sector.
Activities under the ICI sector must take place onsite and include building, decorating, removing and relocating of buildings or other structures other than houses.
Employers and employees who need information about their individual situations should see the ICI Wage Schedule page or contact the Employment Standards Branch directly.
What construction activities are excluded from the ICI sector?The following construction activities are specifically excluded:
What is the minimum wage in the ICI construction sector?The minimum wage depends on employees’ job classifications, where the jobs are located and size of the jobs. The classifications and wage rates can be found in the ICI Wage Schedule.
How are the ICI classifications categorized?
Can employers have unlimited numbers of trainees and construction workers on a job site?No, legislation limits the number of trainees and construction workers. Employers can only employ one trainee for each skilled tradesperson working on a job site. They can also only employ one construction worker for every 10 employees working on a site. Staff not working in construction, (Ex: administrative or bookkeeping), should not be counted in the ratio.
For example: if an employer has three carpenters, two carpenter apprentices, two plasterers and one plasterer trainee on a worksite, there can also be one construction worker at that site.
What do trainees in the journeyperson trades get paid?People in training to become journeypersons are called apprentices. The wage rates and staffing ratios are set by The Apprenticeship and Trades Qualifications Act. For more information contact the Apprenticeship Branch in Winnipeg at 945-3337; 1-877-978-7233 toll free, or visit their website at www.gov.mb.ca/tradecareers.
Are the minimum wages for ICI the same for all projects across Manitoba?Yes, as of June 1, 2009 the minimum wage rates for ICI projects are the same regardless of where the project is in Manitoba.
When must employees in the construction industry be paid?
Employees who work in the construction industry must be paid within 5 days after the end of the pay period for If the employment is terminated, the employer has to pay the employee all wages owing within 5 working days from the last day of work.
What are the hours of work and overtime rules for the ICI sector?The standard hours of work are 10 hours per day and 40 hours per week. All additional hours are overtime and must be paid at the overtime rate. More information on calculating the regular and overtime hours can be found on the Overtime page
Before 2006, different trade classifications and areas in Manitoba had different hours of work and overtime standards. The standards are now the same for all employees working in the industrial, commercial and institutional construction sector.
How is the termination of employment handled in the construction industry?
Employees and employers in all sectors of construction can terminate employment at any time without notice. No notice is required by either party regardless of the number of years they have worked together.
How are general holidays paid in the construction industry?
Unlike employees in other industries, construction employees are paid for general holidays at 4% of their regular earnings. Regular earnings include vacation wages but do not include overtime wages. Employers can include the general holiday pay on every cheque, or pay it all out at the end of the year.
Construction employees who work on a general holiday are entitled to 1 ½ times the regular wage for all hours worked in addition to general holiday pay.
What are the general holidays in Manitoba?
There are eight general holidays throughout the year:
Most employees are paid general holiday pay for these days whether they work or not.
When are construction employees paid for general holidays?
Construction employees must be paid all general holiday pay by the end of the year. Some employers add general holiday pay to every cheque or in smaller amounts throughout the year, while others pay it all at the end of the year, . Employees who are not sure how they are being paid for general holidays should ask their employers.
Do construction employees have to work on the general holiday to get general holiday pay?
Construction employees earn general holiday pay at 4% of their gross regular wages. They receive this pay, even if they never work on a general holiday.
For example: if employees work from June 1 to June 30, a period where there is not a general holiday, they would still receive 4% of their regular earnings as general holiday pay.
If an employee works on a general holiday, they must be paid 1 ½ times their regular wage for all hours worked on that day, in addition to 4% general holiday pay.
Can employers pay vacation and general holiday wages together?
Employers in the construction industry can pay employees for their vacations and general holidays once a year, on every cheque, or in smaller amounts throughout the year.
For vacation pay, employees earn 2% of their total gross wages for each week of vacation. Employees with less than five years of service with the same employer are entitled to two weeks’ vacation and receive 4% of their regular wages for vacation pay. Employees with at least five years with the same employer get three weeks’ vacation and earn 6% as vacation pay.
For general holidays, the employee receives 4% general holiday pay.
If the construction employee completes five years with the same employer, the vacation allowance increases to 6% ($10,000 X 6%).
What rights and responsibilities are the same for employers and employees in construction as in other industries?
Most parts of The Employment Standards Code, which establishes the rights and responsibilities of most employees in Manitoba, alsoapplies to employers and employees in construction, including:
See those fact sheets for more information.
For more information contact Employment Standards:
This is a general overview and the information used is subject to change. For detailed information, please refer to current legislation including The Employment Standards Code and The Worker Recruitment and Protection Act, or contact Employment Standards to ask for advice.
Date Published: December 11, 2013