Nova Scotia minimum wage increase on October 1, 2022

As of October 1, 2022, Nova Scotia’s minimum wage will increase from $13.35 per hour to $13.60 per hour. The minimum wage rate applies to a work week of 48 hours or less.

A further increase will occur on April 1, 2023, when the minimum wage will go up to $14.30 per hour

October 1 falls in the middle of the pay period, can I wait until the next pay period to start paying the new minimum wage?

No. The new minimum wage comes into effect on October 1, 2022. Any hours worked on that date and after must be paid at a minimum of $13.60 per hour.

Example: The pay period is September 25 to October 8, 2022. The employee works 8 hours a day, Monday to Friday, and is paid at minimum wage.

Rate from September 25 to September 30: $13.35

Rate from October 1 to October 8: $13.60

Do I have to increase the salaries of my employees who currently earn more than the minimum wage?

No. The law requires that you pay at least the minimum wage to all employees; beyond that, wage increases are at your discretion.

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