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Minimum Wage

Minimum wage is $11.00 per hour effective October 1, 2015.

The Security Guard minimum wage is $11.75 per hour effective October 1, 2015.

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.


Thanksgiving Day is October 12th.  Check out the General Holiday fact sheet for information about the rules and pay for general holidays. 

About Employment Standards

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

Staff can:

  • answer questions
  • explain the legislation
  • investigate workplace disputes to ensure the legislation is being followed
  • give presentations and workshops

Common employment standards issues include:

  • minimum wage
  • overtime
  • general holidays
  • vacation
  • ending employment

This website has information about The Employment Standards Code, The Construction Industry Wages Act, The Remembrance Day Act, The Retail Businesses Holiday Closing Act, and The Worker Recruitment and Protection Act. It also has some information about the Labour Adjustment Services we offer to help workers and employers find solutions to downsizing, closures and layoffs.

In the Fact Sheet section you will find answers to questions that employers and employees ask most often. The How we Can Help and A Quick Guide to Employment Standards pages are great places to start your search for information.

Employment Standards staff are also available to explain the legislation.

Contact Employment Standards

For more information call our inquiry lines:
Telephone: 204-945-3352 or
Toll free in Canada 1-800-821-4307
Fax: 204-948-3046

Available in alternate formats
upon request.


Telephone: 204-945-3352 or
Toll free in Canada 1-800-821-4307
Fax: 204-948-3046
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