Employment Standards

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

Questions about the rights and responsibilities of employees and employers in Manitoba? Call our general inquiry lines at 204-945-3352 or toll free in Manitoba at 1-800-821-4307.

Claims and application forms can be submitted electronically to the Employment Standards email address indicated on those forms.


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Unscheduled drop-in services for the Employment Standards branch are not available at this time. Please contact us for assistance or to schedule an appointment.


We are pleased to support you by phone at 204-945-3352 (in Winnipeg) or 1-800-821-4307 (toll free). You can also access our information and services online.

Attention Employers

Orange Shirt Day (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation) – September 30

As of December 7, 2023, Orange Shirt Day (National Day for Truth and Reconciliation) is now a general holiday. More information can be found on the factsheet.

Bereavement Leave Update:

As of May 30, 2023 Bereavement Leave now includes Unpaid Leave for Death of a Family Member and Unpaid Leave for Loss of a Pregnancy. The leave now allows eligible employees to take up to five days off instead of the previous three days.

Unpaid Leave for Loss of a Pregnancy applies to the following employees:  

More information can be found on the factsheet. 


Employer Registration Application Update: 

As of January 31, 2023, Employment Standards will only accept the new version of the Employer Registration Application. No previous versions of the form will be processed. The new version of the form is available here




Young Employees - Young Worker Readiness Certificate Course is available for 13, 14 or 15 years old to complete before they begin work. This course replaces the requirement for a child employment permit. For more information read the Young Worker factsheet or start the course.

**Please DO NOT submit the certificatie of Completion to Employment Standards when you are hiring a young person. These certificates must be kept as part of an employer’s records.**

Certificate from a health professional - The requirement for an employee to provide a certificate from a health professional in respect of a leave provided for in The Employment Standards Code is temporarily suspended.

Minimum Wage 

Minimum wage is $15.80 per hour as of October 1, 2024.

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.