Minimum Wage Update
Posted on November 19, 2021
On November 4th, 2021, the government introduced a Bill that would, if passed, raise minimum wage rates and eliminate the special liquor servers rate effective January 1, 2022. At this time, the Bill has not passed and there has been no change to the minimum wage requirements. We will make an announcement once the Bill passes.
The Bill proposes to:
• Raise the general minimum wage rates from $14.35 to $15.00 and eliminate the special liquor servers rate effective January 1, 2022 (special liquor’s minimum wage would be reclassified to general minimum wage).
• Students under the age of 18 who work 28 hours a week or less when school is in session, or work during a school break or summer holidays would see an increase from $13.50 to $14.10 an hour.
• Homeworkers (those who do paid work out of their own homes for employers) would see an increase from $15.80 an hour to $16.50 an hour.
• Hunting and fishing guides currently have a minimum rate of $71.75 for working less than five consecutive hours in a day, and $143.55 for working five or more hours in a day. Their new proposed rate would be $75.00 for working less than five consecutive hours in a day, and $150.05 for working five or more hours in a day.
Below are the current minimum wage rates, effective October 1st, 2021: