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Newfoundland and Labrador minimum wage increase on October 1, 2017

Newfoundland and Labrador’s minimum wage will increase by 25 cents to $11 per hour as of October 1st, 2017.  The minimum overtime wage rate will continue to be 1.5 times the minimum wage. 

Please note that as per the Labour Standards Regulations, minimum wage applies to:

(a)  an employee whether paid on the basis of an hourly rate of pay or on the basis of a fixed wage for a week or a month or a part of a month; and

(b)  an employee whether remunerated either wholly or in part on a commission basis. 

The Labour Relations Agency can be reached at 1-877-563-1063.

Earlier this year, CFIB made a submission to the minimum wage consultations, representing the views of business owners in the province.  Employers have been telling us that a higher minimum wage will lead to reduced hours of staff, increased prices, and a reduction in hiring, amongst other consequences.

In June 2017, government released a summary report of the recommendations they received from the public consultations and online submissions, but as yet they have made no decision as to whether they will index minimum wage increases.