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New Brunswick minimum wage set to increase April 1, 2021.

New Brunswick’s minimum wage will increase by 5 cents to $11.75 per hour as of April 1, 2021.  The minimum overtime wage rate will continue to be 1.5 times the minimum wage.

For the second year in a row, the minimum wage rate has been indexed to New Brunswick’s consumer price index, rounded to the nearest five cents. Linking the minimum wage to the consumer price index is currently done in other jurisdictions such as Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Yukon.

Please note that as per the Employment Standards, the minimum wage applies to all employees paid by salary, commission and for piece work. 

April 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 April 1, 2021. Any hours worked on that date and after must be paid at a minimum of $11.75 per hour.

Example: The pay period is March 24 to April 6, 2020. The employee works 8 hours a day, Monday to Friday, and is paid at minimum wage.

Rate from March 24 to March 31: $11.70

Rate from April 1: $11.75

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.

If you have further questions, you can contact our business counsellors at 1-888-234-2232 or by e-mail at [email protected]