Manitoba's Strategic Advantages: Wages


General Adult Minimum Wage Rates Across Canada

Jurisdiction
Rate $/hr
Alberta
$13.60
British Columbia
$12.65
Manitoba
$11.35
New Brunswick
$11.25
Newfoundland & Labrador
$11.15
Northwest Territories
$13.46
Nova Scotia
$11.00
Nunavut
$13.00
Ontario
$14.00
Prince Edward Island
$11.55
Quebec
$12.00
Saskatchewan
$10.96
Yukon
$11.51

As of October 1, 2018
Source: Retail Council of Canada

 

Overtime Wage Rate

The overtime rate in Manitoba is 1.5 times the regular or straight time rate. An employee must be paid the overtime rate for all hours worked beyond 8 hours in a day or 40 hours a week. Overtime must be authorized by employers. (Separate wage rate and standard hours of work regulations exist for the construction industry.)  More detail on overtime and hours of work can be found at the Employment Standards Branch.

Vacation Pay

Employees who have worked for the same employer for a full year are entitled to two weeks of paid vacation. When employees complete their fifth year of work with an employer, they are entitled to three weeks vacation.

Vacation pay is calculated based on the earnings in the previous year. For detailed information regarding vacation pay, please visit the Employment Standards Branch.

 

Average hourly earnings for employees paid by the hour, including overtime, all industries

 
2017
CANADA
$24.27
Alberta
$26.75
Saskatchewan
$25.95
Newfoundland and Labrador
$25.27
Ontario
$23.95
Quebec
$23.74
British Columbia
$24.38
Manitoba
$23.52
New Brunswick
$21.93
Nova Scotia
$21.90
Prince Edward Island
$20.92

Source: Statistics Canada, Table 14-10-0206-01

 

Average Manufacturing Wages

 
2017
CANADA
$25.54
Alberta
$28.94
Saskatchewan
$27.60
British Columbia
$26.61
Ontario
$25.95
Manitoba
$24.80
Quebec
$24.11
New Brunswick
$22.87
Nova Scotia
$22.28
Prince Edward Island
$21.12
Newfoundland and Labrador
NA

Source: Statistics Canada, Table 14-10-0206-01

 

Manitoba’s competitive wage rates and high quality of life are due in part to the availability of comprehensive health and social benefits.

Manitobans are provided with hospital and physician care at no charge to employers or employees because of financial support from provincial and national health programs. Manitoba also has a pharmaceutical reimbursement program (Pharmacare) that contributes to costs above a basic deductible that are incurred by an individual or family for eligible prescription drugs during the calendar year.

The above programs are administered by Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living. Visit their website for further details.

The Department of Families oversees a number of provincial social services, including child day care, family conciliation, employment and work programs, and others. For details on these programs and services, please visit the Manitoba Families website.

 

Employment Insurance

All employees are required to pay employment insurance premiums based on earnings to a maximum insurable earnings level, provided they meet minimum earnings levels. Employers are required to make contributions based on the employees’ premiums. Deductions and employer contributions are remitted to the government monthly. For 2018 the rates are:

Employee Premium Rate:

1.66%

Employer Premium Rate:

1.4 times employee premium

Maximum Annual Insurable earnings:

$51,700 

Maximum Annual Employee Premium:

$858.22 

Maximum Annual Employer Premium:

$1,201.51 

Source: Canada Revenue Agency

 

Canada Pension Plan

All employees are required to contribute to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) to an annual maximum. The employer must match this contribution. For 2018, the basic criteria are:

Contribution Rate

4.95%

Maximum Pensionable Earnings

$55,900.00

Basic Exemption

$3,500.00

Maximum Earnings on which Contributions are based

$52,400.00

Maximum Employee Contribution

$2,593.80

Maximum Employer Contribution

$2,593.80

Deductions are made from each pay cheque at the prescribed rate throughout the year or until such time as the maximum has been reached. Normally, tables provided by the government are used to determine the amount to be deducted; deductions can, of course, be calculated. Deductions and employer contributions are remitted to the government monthly.

 

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